It was announced a couple of days ago that Scott Baker would be activated to start Sunday's game against the Brewers.
Baker has been on the 60-day disabled list all year; thus, someone had to be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for him. And here's the move:
#Cubs DFA Cody Ransom to make room for Scott Baker— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) September 8, 2013
Ransom has had one of the strangest careers in recent major-league history. Squeezed around 5,717 minor-league plate appearances since 1998, Ransom has played in parts of 11 different major-league seasons (2001-2004, 2007-2013) for eight teams. His 182 plate appearances for the Cubs are his second-most with any of those teams (most: 194 with the Brewers in 2012). After going 0-for-11 to start this year with the Padres, Ransom hit .278/.364/.639 in his first 97 at-bats for the Cubs (27-for-97) with eight doubles and nine home runs.
Since the All-Star break he's 5-for-61 with 25 strikeouts. This likely ends his major-league career, as he's 37.
Thanks for a decent half-season, Cody.