Cubs DFA Ransom, activate Baker

Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs designate Cody Ransom for assignment to make room for Scott Baker.

To make room for pitcher Scott Baker on the active roster, the Chicago Cubs have designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment, the club announced.

Ransom was claimed by the Cubs off waivers on April 16th after spending the previous four months as a member of the San Diego Padres organization. The 37 year old journeyman has seen sporadic playing time for the Cubs and Padres this season, serving primarily as a utility infielder. In 62 games, Ransom has hit .189/.286/.420 with 9 home runs. In 2012, he set career highs with 11 home runs and a .722 OPS in 90 games for the Brewers and Diamondbacks. Ransom has played for 8 organizations since being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1998.

The Cubs signed Baker as a free agent last offseason to a contract worth up to $7 million. He has not played in the majors since 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the Spring of 2012. The 31 year old free-agent-to-be has a career ERA of 4.15 in 958 big league innings, all with the Minnesota Twins. Baker made 8 rehab starts for the Cubs' minor league affiliates in Daytona and Kane County, putting up a 5.46 ERA in 29.2 innings before getting the call to start Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 5 innings, Baker allowed just 3 batters to reach base, holding the Brewers scoreless until being relieved after only 55 pitches for precautionary reasons. After leaving with a 1-0 lead, the Cubs bullpen allowed 3 runs, to ultimately lose the ballgame by a score of 3-1.The next month will be crucial to Baker as he tries to prove that he is still a productive pitcher entering this Winter's thin free agent market.

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