Murphy, Spangenberg Sign

Both Daniel Murphy (Luray 2004-05) and Cory Spangenberg (Winchester 2010) signed free agent contracts with new teams yesterday.

Murphy signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, possibly to play first base instead of his usual second. In 91 games and 328 at-bats split between Washington and Chicago in 2018, Daniel hit 299/336/454, with 15 doubles and 12 home runs.

Spangenberg, released by the San Diego Padres a couple weeks ago (my hunch is because of a 40-man roster crunch), has signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, where, if he makes the team, he will play with Erik Kratz, another former Valley Leaguer. Cory hit 235/298/362 in 298 at-bats for the Padres in 2018, while playing four different positions (not including pitcher or designated hitter). He has a shot to win the starting second base job.

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