When the Brewers claimed Cody Ransom on waivers from Arizona in May, we said he’d be a stopgap solution at shortstop until a better option came along.
With Jean Segura playing just about every day, Jeff Bianchi playing well, and September call-ups around the corner, there was no more need for that stopgap. That’s why it isn’t a terrible surprise to see the Brewers let him go after he was claimed on waivers. Coincidentally, Ransom is heading back to the Diamondbacks.
Team claims INF Cody Ransom off waivers from
@brewers, Ransom to be activated tomorrow when rosters expand
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 31, 2012
In 194 plate appearances for the Brewers, the 36-year-old Ransom hit just .196/.293/.345. His Brewers stint would be entirely forgettable if he wasn’t carrying a K% of 40.7%. Despite struggling with the bat, Ransom was able to provide good enough defense to be above replacement level as a whole (at least according to FanGraphs; he was just below replacement level by the Baseball Reference measurement).
With Ransom gone, the 40-man roster stands at 37 players. With September call-ups on the way, those spots may soon be filled by prospects currently not on the 40-man.