The shortstop carousel post-Alex Gonzalez continues for the Brewers, who claimed Cody Ransom off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday. Edwin Maysonet was optioned back to Nashville to make room on the 25-man roster, and Gonzalez was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man.
Ransom was designated for assignment by Arizona earlier this week in order to make room for Josh Bell. The 36-year-old infielder was hitting .269/.345/.577 in 58 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks this year. He’s put up big numbers at AAA, but has typically been a replacement-level player in the majors, hitting just .226/.310/.409 in only 441 plate appearances in parts of 10 seasons.
Since he’s played so little at the big league level, it wouldn’t make any sense to look at his defensive metrics while trying to figure out what kind of shortstop he would be for the Brewers. The tiny sample we do have points toward an average-to-slightly-below-average defender, but again, those numbers come in a very small sample of many seasons. Most of his value will come with the bat, though. It would seem the idea here is to improve the offensive production coming out of the shortstop spot (not entirely difficult to do, considering how poorly Cesar Izturis and Maysonet were hitting), even if it means sacrificing some defense.
Ransom probably can’t do worse than the Izturis/Maysonet duo, but given his reputation as a AAAA player, it’s probably unfair to expect him to do much better. He’s simply a stopgap solution until a better option comes along. If the Brewers are lucky, he’ll do something that will warrant some pun-filled headlines the next day.