Giants Haven’t Contacted Other Teams About Catchers

Giants GM Brian Sabean said he hasn't contacted any other clubs about finding a replacement behind the plate for Buster Posey, though several teams have made contact with him, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.  For now, Sabean said the Giants are content to give backup catcher Eli Whiteside a chance to prove himself as an everyday player.

"[Whiteside has] been around the block," Sabean said.  "And quite frankly, I don’t think anyone will trade us a catcher who’s any better than Whiteside. If someone is an all-around catcher, you’re not going to get that player in a trade."

Whiteside, 31, has been the backup in San Francisco for the last three seasons and has a career slash line of .229/.281/.363 in 316 plate appearances.  While Whiteside's numbers aren't impressive, Sabean has a point about the shallow catching market and the lack of clear upgrades available.  Washington is one of the few teams with catching depth, and the Giants reportedly contacted the Nationals about Ivan Rodriguez.  As Baggarly notes, it may have been the Nats who made first contact if Sabean indeed hasn't made any calls.



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