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 34 min 25 sec ago (view)

    Another lefty Padre starter and JHey gets a breather.  Robel in LF (batting 5th) Almora CF (leadoff) and Bryant in RF

     

  • Charlie 2 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Mike Leake? Check that guy's locker for a genie lamp.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 hours 19 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, your writeup here suggests a player on the restricted list in Zobrist’s situation cannot be reinstated between August 1 and October 31. Does Zobrist actually have to be reinstated this month to play at all the rest of the season?

    https://www.thecubreporter.com/restricted-list

     

  • crunch 11 hours 17 min ago (view)

    base hit to lead off top 9th...aww.

    killer performance and there should be enough in the tank to easily get the CG (only 79 pitches).

     

  • crunch 11 hours 45 min ago (view)

    m.leake (SEA) perfect through 7ip, 67 pitches

     

  • crunch 12 hours 18 min ago (view)

    STL down by 7...so they score 10 in the 6th...and barely manage to win a 12-11 game.

     

  • Craig A. 15 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Of course, the Cubs knew he was delicate when they signed him, but Maddon pushed him anyway. How much value is there to an elite player who can’t be used very much?

     

  • Eric S 17 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Bote’s numbers trending down unfortunately - not far from Russell‘s

     

  • bradsbeard 17 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Bryant’s always been pretty good in LF. It’s RF where he looks most awkward to me. Something about staying on the left side of the field maybe. I think you’ll see Bryant and Schwarber platooned in LF going forward, though that might depend on Bote’s ability to start hitting LHP again. 

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 16 min ago (view)

    Cubs win and this Kimbrel pickup paying dividends

     

  • crunch 18 hours 21 min ago (view)

    ha.

    he's a low level jerk, but i find it hard to hate the guy when he doesn't try ducking an interview to explain wtf his problem is.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 26 min ago (view)

    Too many of our relief arms have excelled at blowing late leads. Strop and Edwards have been the primary ones.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 27 min ago (view)

    He’s sipping drinks on a beach?

    Could he be Mai Tai Guy???

     

  • crunch 18 hours 35 min ago (view)

    SD defense is the player of the game.

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 42 min ago (view)

    Should the Cubs go on to win this game ... wow.  Some crazy-stupid self inflicted damage that they’ve somehow skirted. 

     

  • Eric S 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Strop has become very adroit at blowing leads giving up the long ball (same thing last Friday coming off the all star break?)