One more waiver claim the Yankees made this week — they claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, according to a press release sent out on Monday.
Whiteside seems like a pure depth move since he’s out of options and is unlikely to serve as the Yankees backup over Chris Stewart or Francisco Cervelli next season. The Yankees will probably waive him as well with the hopes that he’ll clear waivers and could then be sent to the minors where he’ll likely serve as the Triple-A backup catcher next year.
Whiteside is 33 years-old. In five seasons in the majors, he has played in 208 games and has hit .215/.273/.335. He technically beat Stewart out for a job in San Francisco last year so I wouldn’t completely rule out him doing it again next winter. He does have a reputation as a very strong defensive catcher and the Yankees do like defensive catchers.