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Yankees claim Eli Whiteside from Giants

Whiteside is the second Giants catcher New York has picked up on waivers in the last year.

Jed Jacobsohn

The New York Yankees have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, the team has announced:

Whiteside, 32, only appeared briefly at the big-league level in 2012, hitting .091/.214/.182 in fourteen plate appearances for the Giants spread across twelve games.

The righty-hitting backstop has been in the Giants' organization since 2008, getting his first playing time with club the following year and appearing in one hundred ninety-nine games over the next four seasons. Whiteside hit .214/.273/.338 with ten home runs overall as a Giant, and threw out 31 percent of would-be base stealers.

Whiteside joins fellow catcher and waiver acquisition Chris Stewart as the second former Giants back-up now in the Yankees organization. Whiteside will likely serve primarily as depth at the minor-league level for the Bronx Bombers.