Cubs Pull a Reinheimer off the Waiver Wire

The Cubs have claimed 26-year old infielder off waivers from the New York Mets, sent INF and OF outright to AAA Iowa (both were declared minor league free-agents at 5 PM Eastern), and reinstated RHSP Yu Darvish, RHRP Justin Hancock, RHRP Brandon Morrow,  and OF Mark Zagunis from the 60-day DL.

So the Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 39 (one slot is open).  

The 6'1 185 RH-hitting Reinheimer was the 5th round pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2013 draft out of East Carolina University. He was sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in June 2015 in the five-player swap that sent 1B-OF Mark Trumbo to Seattle and C Welington Castillo to Arizona, and he was rated a Diamondbacks Top 15 Prospect post-2015 and post-2016. He made his MLB debut with the D'backs in 2017, and was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets on July 31 of this past season. He hit just .167 in limited action (23 MLB games) with Mets in August and September, but he put up a 257/324/377 slash-line with 12 doubles, 5 HR & 26 RBI, and 13 SB (four CS) in 69 AAA games split betwen Reno and Las Vegas.

Reinheimer is a solid defender at SS, 2B, and 3B, and he also plays LF, with above-average range at shortstop but with only an average arm. He doesn't have much XBH power, but he has above-average speed on the bases. He is probably a marginal upgrade over Mike Freeman, and will provide depth at SS at the start of the 2019 season while Addison Russell serves his DV suspension. 

As will probably be the case with and (who were claimed by the Cubs off waivers earlier in the week), the Cubs may try and outright Reinheimer themsleves sooner rather than later. The fact that he got all the way to the Cubs without being claimed by another club (the Cubs have the #25 waiver claim priority) means they would have a pretty good chance of getting him through waivers if they put him back on the wire right away, and just as with Vasto and Field, there are no off-season restrictions on outrighting Reinheimer (he cannot elect free-agency if outrighted, he doesn't have enough minor league service time to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA, and he does not have Draft-Excluded status).  

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  • crunch 45 min 42 sec ago (view)

    cubs release brock stewart (AAA Rule 5 pick) and carlos asuaje (middle IF'r)...both older AAA/MLB-replacement-part types.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 28 sec ago (view)

    after dragging their feet, the cubs commit to paying their minor leaguers through june.

    i'm a bit dissapointed they're not going to pay the last 2 months.  yeah, they're not the worst owners (in fact, the "through june" thing is common), but they can do better for their baseball household.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 42 min ago (view)

    "in normal times..."

    It was the burst of times, it was the worst of times.

     

  • Cubster 16 hours 52 min ago (view)

    "Setting aside how stupid it is for fans to blame players when owners are all so much more..."

    I blame Pete Ricketts

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    contract rights are retained by the team.

    in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues.  in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.

    some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    So they are all free agents?  Or still under contract and not getting paid?  I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.

    Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.

     

  • crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)

    "The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."

    classy.  absolute class act stuff right there.

     

  • crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
    The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.

     

  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.

    the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*

     

  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Depends on who you are.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.

     

  • Ryno 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 17 hours ago (view)

    True!

     

  • Cubster 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/just1deeva/status/1245654487026397184?s=21

    speaking of Trump's trained rats...