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Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers

The New York Yankees claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

Tony Medina

The New York Yankees added to their catching depth on Monday, claiming catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

The 33-year-old Whiteside played in just 12 games this past season for San Francisco and will likely battle for a backup role during spring training. Whiteside has spent time in the Major Leagues with both San Francisco and Baltimore. In 208 career games, he has a lifetime batting average of .215 and a career OPS of .608.

He played in 60 games for Triple-A Fresno this season, hitting .224 with a .600 OPS. Whiteside is arbitration-eligible this winter and will likely have to perform well in spring training to win a spot on the roster. He joins a depth chart at catcher which currently includes Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and prospect Austin Romine.

Last season's starter, Russell Martin, could join that list, but he is currently a free agent after the Yankees did not extend him a qualifying offer.