Yankees claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Giants

Report: Yankees have interest in David Ross
Monday Night Open Thread

The Yankees have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants, the team announced. Since they finished with the best record in the AL and have last waiver priority on an NL player, I suspect they’ll slide him through waivers again to get him off the 40-man roster.

Whiteside, 33, is a terrible hitter (65 wRC+ in 537 plate appearances) and really is no better than someone who gets called up in case of injury or as a third catcher in September. If he sticks with the organization heading into next year, he’ll likely serve as Austin Romine‘s backup and mentor in Triple-A.

Report: Yankees have interest in David Ross
Monday Night Open Thread
  • Logan

    wth… they seem to have an obsession with scrubby C’s from SF

  • Get Phelps Up

    And we didn’t even have to give up a potentially valuable bullpen piece this time!

  • FIPster Doofus

    More like Eli Whitehair.

  • Cris Pengiucci

    I first read “Ed Whitson” :-)

  • Yankeefan

    i want ronny paulino ass our backup catcher get it done brian cashman

  • Murderers’ Row Boat

    I guess this means Frankie will finally get back to the show.

  • kenthadley

    Could mean interest out there in Frankie, and this is just in preparation for moving him…..if they went with Stewart as the backup this year, and can pick from either Stewart or Whiteside as a backup next year, Austin plays full season AAA, and Frankie goes. All predicated on Martin resigning.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

    So what you’re saying is he’s going to catch 55 games with the big club next year and contribute absolutely nothing of value offensively or defensively?

    #2013 Chris Stewart

  • Peter R

    Off-season done. See ya in ST guys!

  • Robinson Tilapia


    In all seriousness, with a name like “Eli Whiteside,” he should be able to forego the pinstripes and just play the game in full lumberjack gear.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky


  • Rich in NJ

    Sucky catchers are irresistible to this GM.

    • Ted Nelson

      The vast majority of Cs are “sucky.”

  • Giancarlo Stanton 2017
  • Fernando

    I guess Cashman will keep picking up SF catchers until he ends up with Posey. Try again.

  • Steve (different one)

    It’s simple, get “Eli from the Giants” and you will get multiple ringzzzz….

  • gageagainstthrmachine

    “Our f*#^ing troubles are over, Dude.”

    /Walter Sobchak’d

  • ZZzzzzzzz

    Sounds Like a Molina sister.

  • dalelama

    Effin’ great, real great….

    • Steve (different one)

      The “outrage over sucky veteran AAA roster filled pickup” is my favorite type of hot stove post.