Blue Jays claim Eli Whiteside off waivers

Scouting The Trade Market: Carlos Santana
Possible Trade Partner: Cincinnati Reds

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.

Scouting The Trade Market: Carlos Santana
Possible Trade Partner: Cincinnati Reds
  • Hoss

    Major FO miscalculation.

    • RetroRob


    • DC

      Major miscalculation by Hoss.

    • jjyank

      Hahaha yeahhhh.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

  • forensic

    Pack it in, next season’s over already.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

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

    • Luisergi


  • MayorKoch

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

    • Rich in NJ

      Probably just roster insurance.

  • Donkey Sauce

    I was one of the 12

    • Gonzo

      They are saying Booo-urns.

  • threadbare baseball

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

  • CS Yankee

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

    • Preston

      Or maybe they’d like one of their catchers to be able to play defense.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Or maybe Eli will assume his rightful Gus Molina role.

  • Matt :: Sec110

    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.

    • Knoxvillain

      Dee Gordon is Nunez without a bat. AJ Ellis probably wouldn’t cost much. Maybe Adam Warren and JR Murphy for Ellis. No thanks on Gordon.

      • Matt :: Sec110

        agreed, Gordon is terrible, but I was thinking to get Ellis you make to have some of their garbage.

        • Gonzo

          If there was ever an argument that one player should be using steroids, it might be Gordon.

      • Greg

        Ellis is the Dodgers starting catcher. Why would they give him to the Yankees? Who else would they play? Silly idea.

        • Ted Nelson

          No. The rumors are that they are considering AJP

      • dkidd

        nunez without a bat = laura branigan without “gloria”

  • Slappy McWaterbug

    I laughed when I read this.

  • The Evil Umpire

    Eli Whiteside, we hardly knew ye…

  • Brazilian Fan

    who is eli witheside?

    • Todd Gack

      Didn’t he invent the cotton gin?

      • Robinson Tilapia

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

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          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

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


            • MannyGeee (189M or bust, bitches!)

              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!)

        I thought that was peanut butter?

    • forensic

      Who is Karim Garcia???

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *watches that fly over everyone’s head*

        • forensic

          Trying to keep people on their toes.

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

          • gageagainstthemachine

            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

              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)

        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.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          John VanderWal.

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

            Yeah, him, is he available? He sounds gritty.

  • Jamey

    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!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Him, Shane Lindsay, and Danny Farqurar should have their own reality show as to their experience as “former Yankees.”

      • Travis L.

        Along with Brien Taylor…when he gets out of prison.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Brien Taylor doesn’t fit the joke, though.

      • Fernando

        If he gets claimed, then Mickey Story will fit the story, err joke.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It was the Asian thing, wasn’t it?

    • Preston

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

  • FLYER7

    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…

  • Fernando

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

  • paul a

    Its time for Hal to stop playing scrooge.

    • Ted Nelson

      How is this relevant?

      • Preston

        Because it’s almost Christmas, and somebody who isn’t so stiff in front of the camera needs to play Ebeneezer.

  • Kentucky Bomber

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

  • gageagainstthemachine

    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.”

  • mike_h

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

  • Rob

    There goes our starting catcher