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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  • Eric S 36 min 30 sec ago (view)

    And Joe pinch hits for Descalso again today - now 205/277/316 on the year. But no need to put a jumpy-jump in the parking lot during spring training like they did last year for TLS so it balances out. 

     

  • crunch 59 min 39 sec ago (view)

    tommy lastella hit his 12th homer of the year...grand slam.

     

  • tim815 1 hour 31 min ago (view)

    Not sure why any of the teams would only have enough talent for one XSL game.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 44 min ago (view)

    aww...cubs were a pest all game, but couldn't overcome.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 47 min ago (view)

    omfg chatwood...with the bat.

     

  • crunch 2 hours 49 min ago (view)

    RIP heyward's bat.

    shout out to bo jackson...that was a clean break.

    it was a swing/miss with no contact so it's doubtful it was a cracked bat.

     

  • Eric S 3 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Bullpen reclamation project Kyle Ryan’s ERA now 5.06. Bummer

     

  • crunch 3 hours 32 min ago (view)

    wow baez...also, wow rizzo.

    call overturned, but that was a hell of an "almost" play.

     

  • crunch 6 hours 23 min ago (view)

    he's thrown so little of his other stuff lately that i can't even guess and sure don't know.

    he's always been fastball-heavy, but it's almost exclusively fastball now.

    he gets movement on a 95-97mph fastball...that's a positive about it if he's gonna continously offer it up.

     

  • VirginiaPhil 6 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Control problems?

     

  • crunch 6 hours 52 min ago (view)

    schwarber / baez / rizzo / contreras / heyward / almora / descalso / lester / bote

    i guess we're in for 2-20 random games of "pitcher hits 8th" before suddenly deciding that's not a thing anymore...again

     

  • crunch 13 hours 14 min ago (view)

    it had to feel good for him to get that standing O at the home ballpark.

    he's still throwing almost nothing but fastballs exclusively, though...wonder what's up with that.

     

  • Hagsag 14 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Chatwood is becoming a force in the BP.

     

  • QuietMan 22 hours 45 min ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1131372145458782209

     

  • crunch 23 hours 4 min ago (view)

    ALMORA GRAND SLAM!!!

    way to break a tie.

     

  • crunch 23 hours 50 min ago (view)

    rizzoh!!