The Orioles continued their winter-long initiative of adding versatile depth on Monday, when they acquired Jack Reinheimer on a waiver claim from the Rangers.To make room for Reinheimer on the 40-man roster, right-hander Austin Brice was designated for assignment. The Orioles had claimed Brice off waivers from the Reds on
The Orioles continued their winter-long initiative of adding versatile depth on Monday, when they acquired Jack Reinheimer on a waiver claim from the Rangers.
To make room for Reinheimer on the 40-man roster, right-hander Austin Brice was designated for assignment. The Orioles had claimed Brice off waivers from the Reds on Jan. 4. He can remain with the organization if he clears waivers.
When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.
An above-average runner with the ability to move around defensively, Reinheimer owns a .704 OPS across six Minor League seasons. He first cracked the Majors in 2017 with the D-backs, before appearing in 21 games last summer for the Mets. He hit .167 across 35 plate appearances in those contests, mostly as a pinch-hitter and late-game defensive replacement.
Reinheimer has spent this offseason bouncing among teams. He was claimed off waivers on the first day of free agency by the Cubs, who owned his rights for all of 2 1/2 weeks. The Rangers claimed Reinheimer on Nov. 20, then designated him for assignment on Thursday to make room for free-agent second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera. The Orioles are the fourth organization to select Reinheimer off waivers in the past six months.
In Baltimore, Reinheimer will join a slew of infielders battling for jobs this spring. He is the fifth position player the Orioles' new regime has added this offseason, all with an eye toward increasing the club's athleticism and versatility. Eight of the nine infielders now on the Orioles' 40-man roster (all except Chris Davis) have the ability to play multiple positions.
Originally drafted as a shortstop by the Mariners in 2013, Reinheimer has spent the bulk of his career in the middle of the diamond. He branched out a bit in New York last year, making six appearances in left field and four at third base.
Joe Trezza covers the Orioles for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeTrezz.