The Orioles announced Thursday that they’ve designated infielder Jack Reinheimer for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go righty Nate Karns, whose previously reported one-year deal with the O’s is now official.
Reinheimer, 26, has just 40 big league plate appearances under his belt, most of which came with the Mets in 2018. He’s batted .143/.250/.143 in that tiny MLB sample but can play all over the infield. He’s spent parts of three seasons in Triple-A, hitting .278/.343/.371 in 1376 PAs — rather timid production given the hitter-friendly nature of the Pacific Coast League.
Reinheimer does have a minor league option remaining,which, paired with his versatility, has made him an attractive target on waivers this winter. Already this offseason, he’s been claimed by the Cubs, Rangers and Orioles, so while there’s a chance that he’ll make it through waivers and stick with the Orioles as a non-roster option in Spring Training, it’s also possible that he’ll once again land with a new organization.