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Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants

Nov 5, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT


The Yankees announced this evening that they have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants. It’s your move, Russell Martin.

Whiteside, 33, appeared in 12 games with the World Series champion Giants this season and owns a meager .215/.273/.335 batting line and a .608 OPS over 537 plate appearances in the majors. He is arbitration-eligible this offseason, but the Yankees may attempt to slip him through waivers and keep him as a non-roster player.

Whiteside could be in the mix for the backup catcher job during spring training along with former teammate Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli, though he is more likely to open next season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Joy to the world, Yankee fans! Eli’s Coming!

  2. brandedthefirst - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Excellent ….

  3. mazblast - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Well, this move will certainly solve all of the problems the Yankees have. We all know that backup C is the key to a championship.

  4. bobulated - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    The only message this sends to Russ Martin is that he won’t have to catch as much in spring training if he resigns with the Yankees.

  5. yanks33 - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Let Martin go anyways…he hasn’t impressed me over the past 2 yrs, eithet go get someone who is consistent or let Romine get a chance to show what he can do

  6. norcaldeportes - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    You know what they say… If you can’t be the champs, go out and get their 3rd & 4th string catchers.

  7. pisano - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM


  8. joerymi - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    …Here’s to hoping that Pineda deal was worth it…

  9. Darryl Daugherty - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Whiteside brings with him 2 World Series rings while having no post season hits. Sounds like A-Rod, except for the two rings part….

  10. philsgamer - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    He also comes with this sweet hair!

  11. gatornation85 - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    How about A. J. Pierzynski? Career .284- consistent hitter, would love the short porch in right, veteran presence to manage the pitchers.

  12. Gamera the Brave - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    As A Giants fan, I am rather stunned that this post generated even 11 comments…

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