Ransom happy to spend birthday playing ball

Veteran infielder with 10th organization, likely to begin year at Triple-A

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Cody Ransom spent his 37th birthday on Sunday doing what he's always done, doing it where he wants to.

"I'm very fortunate to play baseball," said Ransom, an infielder who is in big league camp with the Padres on a Minor League contract. "You get to go out and live your dream every day. It's a lot of work and a grind, but we're lucky."

Ransom is in his first camp with the Padres. San Diego is the 10th different Major League organization that he's been with since beginning his career in 1998.

Ransom, who signed with the Padres on Dec. 21, has played parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues with the Giants, Astros, Yankees, Phillies, D-backs and Brewers. He has been lucky to spend just about all of his Spring Trainings in Arizona.

"I'm not going to lie, Spring Training in Arizona is very appealing for me," said Ransom, who was born in Mesa. "I was born and raised here and get to go home to the wife and kids every night."

Ransom said he's become familiar with weighing options each offseason. He looks for certain things and talks to a lot of people, all with the design of finding the right fit.

"You look at the opportunity, the makeup of the team, the front office, the coaching staff and you kind of ask questions of people who have played there or currently play there, to get a feel if they have the same mindset and beliefs you do," Ransom said.

"I heard a lot of good things. They're real honest and open to communication. That's something I really looked for."

Ransom will likely begin the season with Triple-A Tucson, insurance for any injuries that might occur to any infielders on the roster. He's played all four infield positions at the Major League level.