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Blue Jays claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Yankees

Dec 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain AP

Eli Whiteside has been a busy guy.

First the Yankees claimed him off waivers from the Giants in early November. Then he avoided arbitration with the Yankees by signing a one-year, $625,000 deal. Then the Yankees dropped him from the 40-man roster and placed him back on waivers.

And now the Blue Jays have claimed Whiteside, assuming his $625,000 contract and putting him on their 40-man roster. For now, at least. Who knows how long that will last considering Whiteside’s recent travels and Toronto’s tendency to claim and waive players constantly.

Meanwhile, he’s a 33-year-old career .215 hitter and no higher than third on the Blue Jays’ current catching depth chart, all while the Yankees try to replace Russell Martin behind the plate.

  1. plmathfoto - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Why did the Yankees pick him up at all if they were going to drop him? Why did they tender him a contract? Does it cost them nothing to do this? Just curious, probably don’t understand something here.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      Both the Yankees and the Jays routinely claim players that they do not intend to keep on their 40 man roster. Eventually those players are placed on waivers with the hope that nobody claims them. If they make it through waivers, the team has beefed up its Triple A roster at little cost..

    • jwbiii - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      Just the cost of the waiver claim, $25K. The Yankees paid the Giants, the Blue Jays paid the Yankees. The Yankees break even.

      Whiteside is out of options. The Blue Jays already have Arencibia, Buck, d’Arnaud, and A.J. Jimenez (AA catch’n’throw guy, contract recently purchased to keep him out of the Rule 5 draft pool) on the 40 man roster, so expect to see him DFA’d or released before the season.

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    For now, he provides depth in case the Jays trade a catcher.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      Jason Stark is now reporting that the Mets are getting serious about trading R. A. Dickey.

      • cur68 - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM

        Our Boys need a pitcher. They have catchers coming out the wazoo, surplus outfielders, and expendable farm talent. The Mets need a centre fielder, a catcher and some farm talent. The Mets have a pitcher whom they probably feel can’t help them rebuild and he wants paying commensurate with his work.

        The thought of The Mighty Dickey in Beaver Land…well the euphemisms, they write themselves, eh? The starting rotation…well, if this gets done, I am seriously considering going the FULL halladaysbicepts and proclaim Our Boys the WS champs from the first day of spring training. Then I may spend the remainder of the season alternating between ripping them for losses and attacking anyone who DARES speak ill of them. Might even make a point of drunk commenting at least twice a week.

  3. missthemexpos - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Smells like another Blue Jay trade coming soon.

  4. cur68 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    AA collectin’ him s’more catchery goodness, eh? I can only imagine that he plans to do a mega blockbustery tradey thingy. Basically I see a Super Package of Whiteside and/or Buck, an OFer, and AAA prospect trade with some desperate GM who needs a warm body behind the plate, some feet in centre, needs farm talent and has a surplus of arms. Mets, anyone?

  5. uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I guess the 2 catchers aren’t enough for the Blue Jays.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      The Jays now have 5 catchers on the 40 man roster, although 1 is coming off TJ surgery.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        I was more referring to their 25 man active roster.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        It wouldnt do them any good if they had 15 catchers, i wouldnt give 10 cents for any of them

  6. soxfan1966 - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Based on the offer that the Mets made to Boston, it sounds like it would take a bit more than Buck and some warm body from Buffalo to pry Dickey loose from CitiField.

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