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Yankees claim Eli Whiteside

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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.