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Despite .922 OPS, Arizona’s Cody Ransom gets the boot

May 21, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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In a surprising move, the Diamondbacks designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment on Monday and replaced him with youngster Josh Bell.

Ransom, 36, is pretty much the ultimate journeyman infielder, but he did a great job at the plate in his time for Arizona, hitting .269/.345/.577 with four homers and 13 RBI in 52 at-bats. Of course, he had cooled off recently, going 1-for-15 over the last 13 days.

Bell had been red-hot in Triple-A since being picked up from the Orioles, hitting .381/.429/.619 in 97 at-bats, so it’s not surprising that the Diamondbacks wanted to give him a look. Still, it just doesn’t seem fair that they jettisoned Ransom to do it. Besides Chris Young, Ransom had the highest OPS of anyone on the team.

Ransom’s hot streak and major league-minimum salary should get him a look elsewhere now that Arizona is done with him. Just in the NL West alone, the Dodgers, Giants and Padres could all use infield help.

  1. 50milessouthofdetroit - May 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    the Tigers could use ANYONE who gets on base…

    • paperlions - May 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Ransom’s career OBP is .304. So…he isn’t your guy.

      Good job by the D-Backs of recognizing the difference between ability and performance over a small sample size.

      • sophiethegreatdane - May 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Yet they used a small 97 at-bat sample size to promote Josh Bell?

        Sounds like the Diamondbacks subscribe to Dusty Baker’s mantra of “bench the hot guy before he cools off”.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        No, they promoted Josh Bell because he has talent, they cut Random because he does not.

        Also, Ransom was 1 for his last 15…he was not exactly hot (i.e. lucky) anymore.

  2. smcgaels1997 - May 21, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Former Giant, gets on base, 36 seems like a Sabean fit….but makes sense so he won’t do it

  3. jlovenotjlo - May 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I hope Kenny Williams just dropped the pen he was writing with that would have given Orlando Hudson a position on the White Sox roster

  4. paperlions - May 21, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    You guys crack me up. Ransom is not good at baseball (at least, compared to major league players). He is, at best, a bench player.

  5. cleverbob - May 21, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Guy was in the Phillies farm system for ages. Triple A talent.

    • denny65 - May 22, 2012 at 5:17 AM

      Ransom was in the Giants farm system for ages.

      • cleverbob - May 22, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        Well now I feel like a dummy. Not only did he spend more time in the SF system, but the time he spent at Scranton Wilkes Barre was post affiliation switch from Phillies to Yankees. I humbly rescind my previous comment.

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