So long Jack. We hardly knew ya.
The deadline for setting the 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft is today and that means there is going to be a lot of minor moves as teams jockey to protect (or claim) that last man on the roster. In this case, the Rangers claimed Cubs infielder Jack Reinheimer off of waivers. That move also impacted an ex-Cub as the Rangers then placed pitcher Eddie Butler on waivers.
Reinheimer’s career with the Cubs was a glorious one as he never struck out nor made an error in the Cubs organization. OK, that’s because he never played a single game for the Cubs. Reinheimer is a player caught in what has become known as “roster Jenga” as teams claim players they like but for whom they really don’t have room on the 40-man. They then try to sneak the player through waivers, but the player gets claimed by another team. For some players, this can happen several times throughout the offseason.
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue