Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 5/24/12
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed utility infielder Cody Ransom on waivers earlier this week. On Thursday, the Milwaukee Brewers claimed Ransom and added him to their active roster. A commonplace transaction, repeated hundreds of times throughout the baseball season. Oh, but when it comes to Cody Ransom, nothing is commonplace. When Ransom plays in his first game for the Brewers, he will hold an interesting distinction. You see, the Brewers are Ransom’s 6th major-league team. Okay, that’s not terribly unusual. Lots of players have played for 6 or more teams. But in the Expansion Era (1961 to the present), no player who’s played for 6 or more major-league teams has had 8 or more seasons in which he’s played 35 games or fewer. Allow me to explain. The San Francisco Giants drafted Ransom in the 9th round of the 1998 amateur draft and assigned him to their Low-A team in Salem-Keizer, Oregon. Ransom progressed through the Giants’ minor-league system and was called up to the majors in September,
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