Blue Jays claim Eli Whiteside off waivers


Via Ken Rosenthal: The Blue Jays have claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Yankees. New York claimed the backstop off waivers from the Giants a few weeks ago, then re-signed him to a new $625k split contract about a week ago. The Yankees designated him for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for the recently-re-signed Andy Pettitte. Toronto assumes Whiteside’s entire contract with the move.

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  1. Hoss says:

    Major FO miscalculation.

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The big Blue Jay blog can just cut and paste all this in two weeks when they DFA him and he’s claimed somewhere else.

  3. forensic says:

    Pack it in, next season’s over already.

  4. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    The 12 people who voted for him in the poll yesterday for starting catcher are gonna be disappointed.

  5. MayorKoch says:

    Did they really need another catcher? A sign of more moves to come????

  6. Donkey Sauce says:

    I was one of the 12

  7. threadbare baseball says:

    They probably just realize the Yankees are thin at catcher and are looking to eat into their depth

  8. CS Yankee says:

    Either to mess with a rival or they are trading a C.

  9. What would it cost to acquire Dee Gordon (who’s being shopped) and AJ Ellis from the Dodgers?

    Gorden is nothing special, but Ellis could bridge the gap for the next few years.

    Not the greatest pair, but an alternative to landing Carlos Santana that would cost a whole lot less.

  10. Slappy McWaterbug says:

    I laughed when I read this.

  11. The Evil Umpire says:

    Eli Whiteside, we hardly knew ye…

  12. Brazilian Fan says:

    who is eli witheside?

    • Todd Gack says:

      Didn’t he invent the cotton gin?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        In Hamden, CT., where I’ll probably live one day. They actually have an Eli Whiteside, er, Whitney Museum.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

          He actually didn’t invent the cotton gin, he helped make a HUGE leap forward in replacement parts (all the parts being the same, therefore not only interchangeable but more efficient in production). It would be a leap to say he caused a major leap forward in the likelihood of the assembly line, but not indefensible.

          Also, I wish Cashman had written that contract a few hundred thousand dollars higher now that I know the Jays are paying it…

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Interchangeable, replacement parts? Time to add Eli Whitney to our front office!


            • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!) says:

              Yeah, ironically interchangeable replacement parts discussion in a thread about a replacement level catcher that everybody seems to want all of the sudden.

      • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!) says:

        I thought that was peanut butter?

    • forensic says:

      Who is Karim Garcia???

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        *watches that fly over everyone’s head*

        • forensic says:

          Trying to keep people on their toes.

          I can’t believe that was almost a decade ago though.

          • gageagainstthemachine says:

            Oh, I remember Karim. He had a nasty sky hook!

            Seriously, didn’t he have that moment where he got in a fight with a Red Sox grounds crew member or something? One of those moments where you’re disgusted he was a Yankee, but at the same time glad because…well…it was the Sawx!

            • Cris Pengiucci says:

              That and Pedro threw at him, prompting Pedro’s comments “Who is Karim Garcia?”, when asked if he was intentionally trowing at him.

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

        Oh the days of Karim Garcia and Raul Mondesi…and wasn’t there some dude named like Vander-White on the team that year? I was only 13 at the time so I was too busy being a broody-anarchist teenage skateboarding douche to pay too much attention to baseball.

  13. Jamey says:

    Eli Whiteside’s Yankee career reminds me of the time I was 4 at the county fair & came upon some sort of game where you threw a quarter onto a table & if something that I had no clue about happened, you won. I threw my quarter in, they rolled some game piece & a moment later some other guy won a few bucks in quarters. Enjoy your quarters Blue Jays fans!

  14. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It was the Asian thing, wasn’t it?

    • Preston says:

      He’s going to have a real hard time adjusting to not being in America anymore, even the white people will be dirty foreigners.

  15. FLYER7 says:

    Whiteside was only a AAA depth and big league #3 at best. No loss, move on. Almsot guarantees Nix gets picked up by someone too…

  16. Fernando says:

    Who cares about Whiteside? His loss is nothing to be worried about.

  17. paul a says:

    Its time for Hal to stop playing scrooge.

  18. Kentucky Bomber says:

    Well at least the pain of Whiteside’s departure is soothed by the election of a Yankee to the Hall of Fame today.

  19. gageagainstthemachine says:

    My on-again-off-again candle light vigil for Eli Whiteside keeps on going. If anyone would like to make a donation in his honor, you can make your checks out to: The Human Fund. “The Human Fund. Money For People.”

  20. mike_h says:

    Bring back Gustavo Molina for the AAA duty and depth, he was fine the past two seasons

  21. Rob says:

    There goes our starting catcher

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