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Brewers pick up Cody Ransom on waivers from Arizona

May 23, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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It didn’t figure that Cody Ransom would have to go hunting for work after being designated for assignment and waived by the Diamondbacks; the Brewers claimed him off waivers today.

Fellow infielder Edwin Maysonet was sent down to open up a spot on Milwaukee’s roster.

Ransom, a 36-year-old journeyman, was a nice surprise for Arizona, hitting .269/.345/.577 with four homers and 13 RBI in 52 at-bats this season. Still, he had cooled recently and the Diamondbacks decided to give Josh Bell a shot in his place.

The Brewers had been looking for infield help all season and were particularly desperate with Alex Gonzalez now gone for the year. Ransom isn’t the defensive shortstop he used to be, but he still might get a look over Cesar Izturis at the position while also backing up at second and third.

  1. jwbiii - May 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Tom Haudricourt said that Doug Melvin was looking for shortstop help on the cheap. It doesn’t come much cheaper than a waiver claim for a player making the minimum. Now, will it help?

    • paperlions - May 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      I don’t see how it’ll help. Ransom is the definition of replacement level. This year he benefited from a .370 BABIP over a small sample size. If a guy gets to age 36 with 441 career plate appearances….well….

      • uwsptke - May 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        Sure, but it’s still an upgrade if your current players capable of playing SS aren’t even replacement level.

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