MLB: Abington Heights Grad Spangenberg Becomes Free Agent
Cory Spangenberg and the team that picked him in the first round of 2011 amateur draft officially parted ways today, making the Clarks Summit native a free agent for the first time in his professional career.
The San Diego Padres released Spangenberg, six days after designating him for assignment, meaning he will be free to sign with any organization.
A 27-year-old utility man who played second base, third base and left field for the Padres each of the last two seasons, hit .235 with seven homers and 25 RBIs in 116 games last season. That came off a strong 2017 in which he knocked 13 homers, knocked in 46, stole 11 bases and finished with a .723 OPS.
But the Padres were looking for ways to save money and clear roster space, opting to part ways with Spangenberg — who was due to make around $2.3 million in arbitration this offseason — and several veteran options with infield prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias knocking on the door of the big leagues.
With the annual MLB winter meetings set to begin Dec. 9, Spangenberg promises to be a popular target, given his youth, speed and experience, for organizations looking for left-handed versatility.
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