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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  1. 55saveslives 3 years ago


    • BLB25 3 years 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 3 years ago


  2. gemmatmorrow 3 years 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.

  3. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

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

    • 55saveslives 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

  4. ewarrenG 3 years ago

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

    • DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

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

    • monkeyking42 3 years ago

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

  5. letsgogiants 3 years 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).

  6. Buster MF Posey 3 years ago

    all your catchers are belong to us.

    • Dynasty22 3 years ago

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

  7. Huff's dog 3 years ago

    Good riddance!
    –Giants fan

  8. Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years 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…

  9. Thanks for the memories Eli.

  10. Unkle Phester 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

  11. vtadave 3 years ago

    Ah crud….
    – N. Colletti

  12. johnsilver 3 years ago

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

    • Tony DiQuattro 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

          • johnsilver 3 years 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.

  13. MB923 3 years ago

    Eli belongs on the Giants!

  14. JT91theFuture 3 years ago

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

  15. Austin romaine

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