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Yankees claim Eli Whiteside

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 05, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

What do you do when there’s plenty of room on the 40-man roster? Apparently you pick up some additional catching depth. Here’s the announcement from the Yankees. It’s worth noting that we’ve seen the Yankees claim a catcher and immediately slide him through waivers before. They did it with Craig Tatum to add some depth this spring.

The New York Yankees today announced they have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Whiteside, 33, appeared in 12 games over two stints with the 2012 World Champion Giants, going 1-for-11. He played the majority of the season with Triple-A Fresno, batting .224 (45-for-201) with 27 runs, 11 doubles, one home run and 20 RBI in 60 games. He also caught 25-of-69 (36.2%) potential base stealers with the Grizzlies.

Since 2009, he has compiled a 3.32 catchers ERA, the lowest such mark among all Major League catchers over the four-year span (min. 1,200.0 innings played).

Originally selected by Baltimore in the sixth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Whiteside has appeared in 208 career Major League games with the Orioles (2005) and Giants (2009-12), batting .215 (105-for-489) with 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 43 RBI. In his Major League career, he has caught 23.6 percent of attempted base stealers (33-of-140). He was also behind the plate for Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter on July 10, 2009 vs. San Diego.





20 Responses to “Yankees claim Eli Whiteside”

  1. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2012 at 6:15 pm


    Is this your website? :)

    This is Team Greedy’s source for info on the FA catching market and Martin:


  2. Jerkface November 5th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Good, good, our catchers are now trending even worse

  3. Nick in SF November 5th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Is the idea to corner the market in catchers who proved how valuable Buster Posey is after he got injured in 2011?

  4. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Nick and JF-

    The Greedy Pinstripes wants Mike Napoli. Read above attachment.

  5. Yankee Trader November 5th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Getting called to dinner.

    Until later.

  6. PacoDooley November 5th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Wow, major move, World Series 2013 here we come….


  7. Against All Odds November 5th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    *dumpster dive mode activate*

  8. Tyler November 5th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    .224 in AAA. Wonderful.

  9. theREALkevin November 5th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Speaking of catchers, wow, didn’t realize Romine was a former 2nd round pick. Really hope they can get some use out of him this year. Also didn’t realize his minor league CSB is only 24%. Not great. I guess the Whiteside move would indicate they don’t have much confidence in any of their back up catcher types.

  10. Against All Odds November 5th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Probably means Cisco kid might be moved

  11. blake November 5th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Better or worse than Stewie?

  12. MTU November 5th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I’m simply overwhelmed by this move.

    What a start to our OS.

    It can’t get any better.

  13. Warning Track Power November 5th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I guess someone has to warm up the pitcher’s during ST 2013

  14. blake November 5th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    If we are gonna keep getting giants catchers lets get Posey!

  15. Against All Odds November 5th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    blake November 5th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Better or worse than Stewie?


    According to someone on the pro sports daily Yankee board…..worse

  16. Benny Blanco November 5th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    The comments are absolutely hysterical…lmao

  17. Nick in SF November 5th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    My very general recollection from watching them both in 2011 is that Whiteside is slightly worse… or at least my impression was that Stewart was a little better.

    Eh, whatevs. It’s pretty much a nothing move that will probably come to nothing. Or perhaps everything and nothing at all.

    “If some broken scheme rips a hole in your dream, don’t let them get your down”

    Quasi –>

  18. NYY fan in NH November 5th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I really wish the Yanks could acquire Headley. and move Arod more towards the DH role. He could even split time in RF. This guy came on big time last season. Re-sign Ichiro and there you solve your RF/3B combo. Headley replaces Chavez defense. Arod eventually moves off of 3B. There is no way Arod plays 120 games at 3B without hitting the DL. He has a chance to be more productive if he plays more DH games next year. He was still good defensively, but his offense suffered.

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  20. Bronx Jeers November 5th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Didn’t The Killers write a song about this guy?

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