Veteran Major League infielder Cody Ransom is getting another shot with the D-backs, who re-signed the 35-year-old to a Minor League contract in hopes he could yet approach the stellar Triple-A production he posted last season. Ransom belted 27 homers and drove in 92 runs in only 372 at-bats at Reno before being added to Arizona's expanded September roster. In 33 at-bats with the National League West Division champion D-backs, Ransom's five hits included two doubles and a homer. In addition to looking for back-up insurance for incumbent shortstop Stephen Drew's recovery from surgeries for a fractured ankle and hernia, Arizona could use a heavy righty bat on manager Kirk Gibson's bench, alongside left-handed hitter Lyle Overbay.
Ransom has seen sporadic big league action since breaking in with the 2001 Giants, who had made him a ninth-round pick in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. In parts of nine seasons, he has batted .220, with 10 home runs in 337 at-bats. Ransom originally signed with the D-backs on Jan. 19, after having spent the 2010 season in the Phillies organization.