Everyday until spring training begins the "Respect Jeter's Gangster" blog will review one player from the Yankees roster. We will review a total of 25 players, the 25 we believe will be on the active roster after spring training. Our reviews are all edited by Carl Pavano himself to insure they're up to the stringent "Pavano Tough" standards.
Cody Ransom is a curious case. There had been talks earlier in the off season that the Yankees could look to trade either Swisher or Nady for a true utility infielder. This means that either they were not sold on Ransom, or they forgot that they had him. It would seem strange that they would want to replace Ransom since he provided what Betemit didn't. A decent glove, and pop off the bench. Though Ransom mustered just 48 at bats last season, he hit .302 with 4 homeruns, and a .400 OBP. 2 of his homeruns came in one game against the Red Sox. What more can you hope for from a utility infielder? Well, while Ransom could play the corner infield spots well, he struggled a bit at short and second. He wasn't completely incompetent, but definitely left more to be desired. Further more, this last season was Ransom's best at the major league level. A veteran of the minor leagues, Ransom has seen limited play at the major league level going as far back as 2001 with the Giants. In 2007 he played for the Astro's before the Yankees got him for 2008. At the age of 32, Ransom is not a prospect looking to break into the game. However, at this stage in his career, he likely wants to secure a regular role.
My Fearless Prediction:
If the Yankees do not trade for a utility infielder, then Ransom will have a chance to stay on the roster. Though he came up as a shortstop, he's not particularly good at that position, but his bat will continue to give us that off the bench pop we hoped for from Betemit, and will likely makeup for his defensive issues. Its hard to guage what a player will do in limited play, but it wouldn't be out of the question to get about 100 at bats with a .250 average and 7 homeruns with a handful of doubles to boot.
Little Known Ransom Fact:
Cody Ransom is also a Molina brother, but because he doesn't catch he was casted out of the family.