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Rangers claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Blue Jays

Dec 12, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT


Eli Whiteside is giving Sandy Rosario some competition for the waiver wire’s favorite player this offseason.

Today the Rangers claimed Whiteside off waivers from the Blue Jays, who had claimed him off waivers from the Yankees … who had claimed him off waivers from the Giants. And all since November 1.

Somewhere along the way Whiteside signed a one-year, $600,000 deal for 2013, which at least three teams think is a reasonable price for a 33-year-old backup catcher with a .215 batting average and .608 OPS in 208 career games.

He’ll provide depth behind Geovany Soto, but could be back on waivers again if the Rangers’ reported interest in A.J. Pierzynski pans out or they acquire a different catcher.

  1. Caught Looking - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    BREAKING: Eli Whiteside has just been traded by the Rangers to the Cubs for Sandy Rosario.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Why not?

  2. proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    It was the Yankees who signed him to the reasonable deal; however, pending further developments, the Rangers need him the most. So far, the Rangers have not had a sterling off season, but they still have time to do something.

    As a Jays fan, I wonder why they wanted to free up the roster spot. Is another trade or free agent signing in the works?

  3. mrrooch - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    He’ll end up back with the Giants when it’s all said and done. Guaranteed.

  4. beefytrout - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    didn’t he invent the cotton gin?

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 12, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      By the time this ends, he might be drinking gin or something similar.

    • vpettibone57 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      lol, yah if his last name was whitney / all kidding aside eli whiteside whlle his hitting has much to be desired, defensely he is good.

      eli was giants and has 2 world series rings, gets taken to yankees, then i forget all in between but now
      with rangers this 2 funny. with a team that so far is in search of ws ring. eli if you somehow make it
      to spring training. make sure and where your 2010 ws ring.
      hahaha i couldnt resist it.

  5. sometimesimisscandlestick - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    I hope he hasn’t signed an apartment lease anywhere yet.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Someone took a photo of Eli Whiteside?

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