Yankees sign Eli Whiteside, avoid arbitration


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.

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  1. Jersey Joe says:

    Will one of Whiteside, Cervelli, and Stewart who will be traded, who will be in AAA, and who will be backup?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s like a modern-day “Fuck, Marry, Kill.”

      Traded: Cervelli
      AAA: Whiteside
      BUC: Stewart

      But now for the real question, “Fuck, Marry, Kill” with those three.

    • MannyGeee - The race to $189 starts here! says:

      I love this game! F, Marry, Kill – Catcher Edition

      Whiteside to AAA as the new guy that will undoubtedly pass through waivers, Stewart backs up as he’s got someone’s daughter tied in a Brooklyn basement (h/t Biggy Smalls), and Frankie finally gets traded for a useless bullpen arm or reclamation project. So, everybody (and consequently, nobody) wins.

  2. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    So by “all-glove backup catcher type”, does that mean he is Really Really good defensively or is this the he can’t hit, give him a label as good defensive catcher??

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I wonder if history will reflect Eduardo Nunez being the opposite of this.

    • Jersey Joe says:

      I think Eli is legit. But I agree that this label was used, especially with Cervelli in 2010 when people argued that he has good defense so he should keep playing. But he sucked, everyone thought he was defense-oriented until he came up from minors.

  3. Jersey Joe says:

    Do the Yankees have any catch&throw catchers in their system? I feel like every scouting report I read about Yankees Catcher Prospects, it seems like they are moving to 3B/1B. Haven’t dug too deep but this seems to be the case for Sanchez, Bird, and JR may move to third. Romine is apparently average/slighty above defensively.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Kyle Higashioka?

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Also, FWIW, the more recent reports that have been linked to here feel that Sanchez is more likely to stick behind the plate than, say, Montero. I know that’s not exactly setting the bar high, but it’s smething.

  4. Rich in NJ says:

    Their taste in catchers is discouraging.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Had to be one, huh? Their taste in waiver claim AAA Cs is discouraging! They should be claiming HOFers off waivers to stick in AAA!

  5. Flyer7 says:

    Will Whiteside even survive the winter on the 40 man roster?

    • Jimbo Jones says:

      He’ll likely go through waivers an end up in Scranton, but that sure as shit won’t stop the idiotic overreactions from littering blogs and message boards for the next five weeks.
      You might think that depth moves wouldn’t be blathered about the way they are but hey, if it fuels another braindead narrative then fuck ya!!!

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