Despite .922 OPS, Arizona’s Cody Ransom gets the boot

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In a surprising move, the Diamondbacks designated infielder Cody Ransom for assignment on Monday and replaced him with youngster Josh Bell.

Ransom, 36, is pretty much the ultimate journeyman infielder, but he did a great job at the plate in his time for Arizona, hitting .269/.345/.577 with four homers and 13 RBI in 52 at-bats. Of course, he had cooled off recently, going 1-for-15 over the last 13 days.

Bell had been red-hot in Triple-A since being picked up from the Orioles, hitting .381/.429/.619 in 97 at-bats, so it’s not surprising that the Diamondbacks wanted to give him a look. Still, it just doesn’t seem fair that they jettisoned Ransom to do it. Besides Chris Young, Ransom had the highest OPS of anyone on the team.

Ransom’s hot streak and major league-minimum salary should get him a look elsewhere now that Arizona is done with him. Just in the NL West alone, the Dodgers, Giants and Padres could all use infield help.

Padres sign Jordan Lyles

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The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.

Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.

Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.