The New York Yankees have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, the team has announced:
#Yankees have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) November 5, 2012
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.