by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Cubs infielder Cody Cody Ransom has been working out at first base to serve as a backup to starter Anthony Rizzo, MLB.com reports.
Ransom has played only third base thus far for Chicago and is batting .350 (7 for 20) with three homers and four RBI.
"You never know if [Ransom] will get over there one day," manager Dale Sveum said. "Hopefully not. Especially the way Rizzo is swinging against left-handed pitching. It’s a 'just in case' thing."
Cody Ransom notable for Cubs
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Cubs third baseman Cody Ransom went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts hitting out of the No. 2 spot in the lineup during Chicago's 6-4 loss to Cincinnati Saturday. Since getting a hit in his first five games, Ransom has gone 0 for 6 with two walks over his past three outings (two starts).
Despite the cold stretch, Ransom is expected to remain in a platoon at third base with Luis Valbuena following Ian Stewart's demotion to Triple-A Iowa Friday. Valbuena replaced Ransom as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning Saturday.
"He's going to strike out a lot against right-handed pitching, but he's always been very dependable in the field at every position, has an accurate arm," manager Dale Sveum said about Ransom. "He's a guy who's a no-panic kind of defensive player. We knew what we were getting and obviously, he's done a really nice job at the plate."
Cody Ransom back in Cubs' lineup Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Cubs third baseman Cody Ransom will get another start Thursday.
Ransom has hit home runs in each of his last two games. He will hit second for the Cubs Thursday against Padres' pitcher Eric Stults. Ransom is hitting .280/.308/.720 in 25 at-bats this year.
Cody Ransom hits third home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Cubs infielder Cody Ransom hit a pinch-hit home run Tuesday against San Diego, his third of the year.
Ransom has now homered thrice in just 10 games, five played as a member of the Padres and five more as a member of the Cubs. Power has always been the strongest part of Ransom's game -- strikeouts have limited his career batting average to .227, but he owns a solid .408 slugging percentage.
Cody Ransom's first hits go for extra bases
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Cubs infielder Cody Ransom received the start at third base on Tuesday night against the Reds and had a productive performance at the plate. He went 2 for 4 with a home run in a 4-2 win.
The 37-year-old launched a solo bomb off starter Tony Cingrani in his first at-bat before doubling in the fifth inning. They were his first hits of 2013.
Cody Ransom a versatile bench player
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Although Cubs infielder Cody Ransom has primarily played shortstop in his MLB career, he's willing to play anywhere the team asks him.
"This is year 16 now, so I've played a little everywhere," Ransom told MLB.com. "Obviously, short and second I've played a little more than anywhere else, but there's not a lot of opportunity here to play those. I'm comfortable at third, first, outfield. I've played a little of everywhere. It's the same thing -- catch it, throw it and try to do it the right way."
Cubs claim Cody Ransom
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) The Cubs have claimed infielder Cody Ransom off waivers.
Ransom made 11 plate appearances with the Padres before being designated for assignment. The Cubs sent down infielder Brent Lillibridge to make room for Ransom.
Padres DFA Cody Ransom
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) The Padres have designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment Friday. Ransom, who made the opening day roster, did not record a hit in his first 11 at-bats and struck out five times.
Don't wholly dismiss Cody Ransom
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/1/2013) There are plenty of reasons not to like Cody Ransom as a Fantasy option: a .220 lifetime average, no real role on the Padres, and just 21 career home runs.
But buried in the stats is a player who can help a little in the power categories, especially if your NL-only team is looking thin at shortstop, middle, or corner infield. Over 10 seasons, Ransom, 37, has gotten just 583 at-bats, so the 21 homers look a little better. And Ransom has hit a ton of home runs in the minors, too -- in his last five seasons with 350 or more at-bats, he's gone deep 20 or more times in four of them.
Ransom isn't going to have mixed league relevance, and he may be back in the minors by mid June. But in deeper Roto leagues where your infield is decimated by injury, Ransom could hit four or five home runs if given somewhat regular at-bats this month.
Padres officially add Cody Ransom to roster
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Padres have purchased Cody Ransom's contract from Triple-A, the club annoucned Sunday.
The Padres will be using Ransom at third base against left-handed pitchers until Chase Headley returns from a thumb injury. The 37-year-old Ransom hit .220/.312/.411 with 11 home runs in 282 plate appearances between Arizona and Milwaukee last season. He also adds flexibility to the Padres' roster, as he has major-league experience at shortstop (146 games) and second base (34 games).
Cody Ransom gets opening day nod
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/30/2013) Padres third baseman Cody Ransom will earn the second opening day start of his career Monday against the Mets, in place of injured Chase Headley and Logan Forsythe.
Ransom will likely see the majority of his time against left-handed pitching, after sporting a .264 batting average against them (.220 overall).
“You never wish injury on anybody,” Ransom told U-T San Diego. “Unfortunately, it’s part of the game.”
Ransom hopes he can stick around, once the team gets healthy, as a utility infielder with experience around the diamond. He hit 11 home runs in 282 plate appearances last year for the Diamondbacks and Brewers.
Cody Ransom to play some third base for San Diego with Logan Forsythe injured
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013)Cody Ransom is in line for plate appearances at third base in the wake of Logan Forsythe's foot injury. Forsythe was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis Thursday and is out at least six weeks.
The Padres will start the season using Ransom, Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista to cover second and third base as a result. Ransom will likely get starts against left-handed pitchers.
Ransom showed some decent power between Arizona and Milwaukee last year, as he hit 11 home runs in just 282 plate appearances. He does qualify at shortstop, which may make him an enticing option for NL-only players, but as the short side of the platoon he's unlikely to get the plate appearances to justify a pickup in even most deep leagues.
Cody Ransom makes Padres' roster
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Padres manager Bud Black said Wednesday infielder Cody Ransom will make the opening day roster, which suggests infielder Logan Forsythe, who is having his injured foot examined in San Diego, will open the year on the disabled list, according to U-T San Diego.
If that happens, then Jedd Gyorko will likely take over at third base with Chase Headley (thumb) and Forsythe both on the disabled list, and Alexi Amarista will play at second base. Ransom would be a reserve infielder.
Padres pay Ransom
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (12/23/2012) The Padres signed shortstop Cody Ransom to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. In 2012, Ransom played for the Brewers and Diamondbacks, hitting .220 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games.