Yankees Claim Eli Whiteside

The Yankees announced that they claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off of waivers from the Giants.

Whiteside appeared in 12 games with the Giants this past season and played another 60 contests with San Francisco's Triple-A affiliate. In parts of five seasons at the MLB level, the 33-year-old has a .215/.273/.335 batting line. Whiteside, a right-handed hitter, became San Francisco's primary catcher in 2011 after Buster Posey went on the disabled list. He's arbitration eligible with a projected 2013 salary of $600K.


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33 Comments on "Yankees Claim Eli Whiteside"


55saveslives
2 years 9 months ago

Why?

BLB25
2 years 9 months ago

Because Martin is a free agent and Gary Sanchez isn’t major league ready. I’m sure they intend to either re-sign Martin or sign someone like Ross, but this gives them a bit of cheap insurance. Either Whiteside or Stewart will likely be released before the season.

philliesfan136
2 years 9 months ago

Depth?

gemmatmorrow
2 years 9 months ago

It’ll be interesting to see what they plan to do with him. It’s also interesting that the Yankees have now grabbed both of the Giants’ main 2011 catchers post-Posey injury.

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

His gray hair is symbolic of the Yankees aging roster. It’s the perfect move lol

55saveslives
2 years 9 months ago

He’s not better than Chris Stewart. Neither give you anything offensively. Stewart is a more take charge kinda catcher. Whiteside will tackle first baseman that charge your pitcher though lol

gemmatmorrow
2 years 9 months ago

Visions of that Giants/Phillies brawl still vivid in my mind! He was ready to take the entire Philly team!

Buster MF Posey
2 years 9 months ago

hop at me bro!

ewarrenG
2 years 9 months ago

George Kontos > Chris Stewart + Eli Whiteside. Cashman just trying to make up for a poor trade

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

This. Guys like Kontos and Quintana were let go for nothing. Bad job by Cash

monkeyking42
2 years 9 months ago

I still like that trade for the Giants, but Stewart was a decent backup this year. It’s not like Cashman got fleeced.

letsgogiants
2 years 9 months ago

Good for him. With Posey and Sanchez claiming the roles at catcher already, there wasn’t much room for Whiteside on the 25 man roster. He’s not a very good hitter, nor does he have much of an arm, but he does a good job at handling the pitchers and calling a good game (he caught Jonathan Sanchez’s no hitter back in 2009).

Buster MF Posey
2 years 9 months ago

all your catchers are belong to us.

Dynasty22
2 years 9 months ago

I made a comment exactly like this about pitchers last year… +1 for you.

Huff's dog
2 years 9 months ago

Good riddance!
–Giants fan

Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 9 months ago

Everyone that is knocking Cashman for this claim for a potential backup catcher for the Yankees has no idea what they are talking about. Cashman specifically claimed this guy as a WWF sideshow event during the games; therefore, effectively replacing Disco Stu…

2 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the memories Eli.

tiduss
2 years 9 months ago

Yes. I’ll never forget the times he couldn’t hit.

mmiller54
2 years 9 months ago

:) I’ll miss him as a Dbacks fan.

SFrush90
2 years 9 months ago

Remember the time when he…oh never mind no he didn’t.

sf55forlife
2 years 9 months ago

great pinch runner

Unkle Phester
2 years 9 months ago

I like Eli and he is a spotty hitter at best, so I am surprised the yanks claimed him. Stewart is a great defensive catcher, but in no way a catcher that will return the yankees to yesteryear. Russell Martin is their key. An ex-dodger that he is….

SFrush90
2 years 9 months ago

I think saying he’s a “spotty hitter at best” is being far too generous.

vtadave
2 years 9 months ago

Ah crud….
– N. Colletti

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Kevin Cash wonders why he ever retired every time someone like Whiteside gets/keeps a MLB job :-(

Tony DiQuattro
2 years 9 months ago

He was in triple-A for most of this year, he’s likely going to end up on the Yankees 40 man roster.

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

It’s just a exclamation point behind how terrible overall catching has become around the league when people like Whiteside, Kottaras are even floating around the league and getting the chance at jobs/playing time in some cases as with Kottaras.

Dad’s around the country should be buying up a chest protector, shin guards and a mitt when their boys are young-uns :-)

lefty177
2 years 9 months ago

The phrase used to be “Have a left arm? Any MLB team could find use for you” new slogan “Do you own a catcher’s mitt? Come on down to the field!”

JT91theFuture
2 years 9 months ago

Kottaras has something like a .360 wOBA vs RHP, far from useless…

johnsilver
2 years 9 months ago

Other than he can’t throw and moves behind the plate like has lead weights in his shoes?

Remember him from the Red Sox organization verrryyy well.

MB923
2 years 9 months ago

Eli belongs on the Giants!

JT91theFuture
2 years 9 months ago

Cervelli must’ve really rubbed someone the wrong way in this organization…

2 years 9 months ago

Austin romaine