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Eli Whiteside, Yankees avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Nov 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Eli Whiteside has agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Yankees, avoiding arbitration after being claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier this month.

Whiteside isn’t much of a hitter, batting .215 with a .608 OPS in 208 career games, but the 33-year-old has thrown out 31 percent of stolen base attempts and is more or less a prototypical backup catcher. He’s also shown signs of being a helluva linebacker and you never know when that could come in handy.

Even if the Yankees fail to re-sign Russell Martin it’s highly unlikely that Whiteside would be more than a twice-per-week starter, but he does give them a little depth at the position in the meantime.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    It would appear that the Whitehead signing amount has presented us with a conundrum. MLB TradeRumors is reporting the deal was for $625K and it’s being said here the deal is for $650K. Now I realize what’s $25K among friends, I’m just curious as to which one it is.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      Apologies I confused his head with his side. It’s “Whiteside”

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    He is certainly much cheaper than the career back up catcher who was signed by the Red Sox.

    • uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      You noticed. He’s only costing the Yankees about 20% of what Ross is costing the Red Sox. But don’t telling anyone it might make some of their fans jealous.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        It is our secret.

  3. slartibartfast4242 - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Yesss!!!! This move should make the Yankees the favorite for the World Series.

  4. 85pmart - Nov 26, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    He can learn to hit. It’s all in his head.

    • sailcat54 - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      He may not be a top-tier slugger, but Whiteside is a solid defensive catcher. He is worth much more than the Yankers have paid for him. Good luck to Eli.

  5. uyf1950 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Ok so here’s the scoop from the Yankees home page and the YESNetwork on Whiteside’s contract. It’s for $625K or whatever pro-rated portion of that Whiteside would make for the time he is in the Major Leagues. The Minor League portion of the contract is for $200K. So cutting to the chase, the most Whiteside can make is $625K if he spend the entire season with the big league team, $200K if he spends the entire season in the Minors OR something in between depending how much time he spends in combination of the Majors and Minors.

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