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Yankees Claim Giants Catcher Off Waivers

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Eli Whiteside (Tony Medina/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Catcher Eli Whiteside and the New York Yankees
have agreed to a one-year contract worth $625,000 in the major
leagues and $200,000 in the minors.

The 33-year-old, claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Nov.
5, was 1 for 11 in 12 games for the Giants this year. He hit .224
with one homer and 20 RBIs in 60 games at Triple-A Fresno.

Whiteside appeared in 56 games for San Francisco’s World Series
champions in 2010 and 82 last year. He was not on this past
season’s World Series roster as the Giants won their second title
in three years.

As part of Monday’s deal, which avoided salary arbitration, the
Yankees guaranteed $200,000.

New York starter Russell Martin became a free agent and Chris
Stewart was his backup this year, with Francisco Cervelli at
Triple-A. Austin Romine was limited to 31 games in the minor
leagues because of a back injury.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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