Even with big-league rosters expanding to 40 in September, teams like the Cubs still have issues trying to fit under the limit. A 40-man roster spot is a commodity.
The Cubs may be an 81-loss team with three weeks' worth of games yet to be played, but they still had to cut ties with a veteran player Sunday, designated 37-year-old veteran Cody Ransom for assignment to make room for starting pitcher Scott Baker.
Baker has spent the entire season on the disabled list and missed the last two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2012.
The Cubs claimed Ransom off waivers on April 16 and the 11-year MLB veteran has spent time as a role player ever since.
"It's kind of a weird time to designate somebody on Sept. 8," manager Dale Sveum said. "It's one of those unfortunate things, but it's part of the business."
Ransom started his Cubs career off hot, slugging 8 homers in his first 77 at-bats and putting up an .839 OPS through June.
But he's hit just one home run since June 18 and is hitting just .082 (5-for-61) since the All-Star break.
Donnie Murphy's emergence and Luis Valbuena's return from injury have made Ransom expendable, as the pair combine for solid defense and some pop from a third-base platoon.