The Yankees have signed catcher Eli Whiteside to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the team announced. The deal will pay him $625k in the big leagues and $200k in the minors. MLBTR projected a $600k salary, so pretty darn close.
Whiteside, 33, was claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier this month. He’s another no-hit (career 65 wRC+), all-glove backup catcher type, which the Yankees have a few of already. Whiteside is out of minor league options, so he’ll have to pass through waivers to go down to Triple-A next year. Just as a reminder, one-year contracts for players with less than six years of service time are not guaranteed. The Yankees could release Whiteside in Spring Training and would only have to pay him a fraction of his contract.