The Yankees claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants about a month ago and recently designated him for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Being that he was coming from the National League on waivers literally every team, including the Blue Jays, had to pass Whiteside up then so there wasn’t a huge risk that they Yankees would lose him on waivers. But that was before the Blue Jays trade with the Marlins.
The Jays have been rumored to trade a catcher, but Whiteside is their fifth catcher on their 40-man roster so this seems like a move to irk the Yankees now that they are contenders again rather than preparation for a trade.
Whiteside is an all defense no hit catcher. In parts of five major league seasons he hit just .215/.273/.335. He was likely ticketed as the Yankees Triple-A back up catcher behind Austin Romine before the Jays claimed him.