Ransom joins Brewers on familiar turf

Thirty-six-year-old Cody Ransom is well-traveled. When he makes his Brewers debut he will be playing for his sixth big league team and his eighth different organization in the last nine seasons. He has seen moves coming before, but not this time, not after he got off to a hot start as the D-backs third baseman.

“I was [surprised] by it,” Ransom said. “It was what it was, and I move on. I didn’t see it.”

The D-backs designated Ransom for assignment on Monday and the Brewers claimed him off waivers on Wednesday, making for some convenient travel. Ransom grew up in nearby Chandler, Ariz. and still lives in the Phoenix area, so he’d been at home with his wife and two children.

“It’s been pretty relaxing,” he said. “I’ve been at the house. I haven’t done anything since Sunday.”

Of being picked-up by the Brewers, Ransom said. “Good. I’ve got a job. At that point, I was excited to be going somewhere, to be staying in the big leagues and not going back to Triple-A somewhere. We’ll see how it goes.”

The Brewers optioned Edwin Maysonet back to Triple-A Nashville to clear space for Ransom, so he becomes the backup shortstop. It’s Ransom’s primary position, the one he’s appeared at most as a Major Leaguer. But his primary role in the big leagues has been as a utility man, appearing at all four infield positions plus one game in left field for the Giants in 2004.

“I’m very comfortable [at shortstop],” Ransom said.

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