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Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside from Giants

NEW YORK – The Yankees announced on Monday that they have claimed catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Whiteside, 33, appeared in 12 games with San Francisco this season, batting .091 (1-for-11).

He spent most of the year at Triple-A Fresno, batting .224 with one home run and 20 RBIs in 60 games, catching 36.2 percent (25 of 69) potential base stealers.

Originally selected by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, Whiteside has appeared in 208 career Major League games with the Orioles (2005) and Giants (2009-12), batting .215 (105-for-489) with 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 43 RBIs.

Whiteside will join a group of Yankees catchers that currently includes Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli, who appeared at the Major League level in 2012, as well as prospect Austin Romine, who is playing in the Arizona Fall League after losing much of his season to injury.

The Yankees have also expressed a level of interest in re-signing Russell Martin, who has served as New York’s starting catcher for each of the last two seasons.

Mr. Cashman, you have calls on lines 1, 2, 3…

For some reason, I just pictured Brian Doyle Murray in Groundhog Day, trying to unload Bill Murray at the bachelor auction: “What am I bid for this fine spec-i-mine?”

That aside, the Yankees are still taking calls on Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher, as the The New York Times reports today. But don’t keep hitting refresh looking for the trade to go down. There’s little reason to believe anything will change in the very near future.

Drawing out the lineup on paper here on January 17, the pieces don’t fit, and one of those players could be extraneous. But unless a club – the Reds, Giants, Braves and Nationals have been reported to have interest – comes calling with something that the Yankees absolutely must jump at, there isn’t really an urgent need to deal either Nady or Swisher.

They could just as easily bring both players down to Tampa for Spring Training, when inevitably some team will suffer a crippling outfield injury and all of a sudden need to make a quick move to field a decent lineup for Opening Day.

Of course, then there’s the other scenario that the Yankees wouldn’t want to see happen — it could be the Yankees themselves who suffer an injury, which would open up a way that both Nady and Swisher would be in the Opening Day lineup.

Either way, time is on Brian Cashman’s side with this one. Though it seems they’d prefer to deal Nady over Swisher, it behooves Cashman to make the best possible deal he can regardless of who gets dealt, and not rush into a hair-trigger transaction.

Remember this guy?

manny.jpgIt’s been incredibly quiet on the Manny Ramirez front of late, which has caused a slowdown in the rest of the market as well. Talented big league hitters like Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn aren’t going anywhere until Manny finds a new home, as the pecking order plays out.

One place it does not appear Ramirez is headed will be the Yankees, despite the clamor that continues on the message boards, blogs and talk radio every day.

As part of our ongoing hot stove coverage, I was enlisted to try and break down why Manny won’t be in pinstripes next season, especially because the Yankees have already spent $423.5 million on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira. What would be another, say, three years and $75 million?

It might seem like Monopoly money to many of us, but all signs point that the Yankees won’t be pushing for Manny. They made their choice between Ramirez and Teixeira, picking a younger player who will help them at a position of greater need for a longer period of time. And yes, they intend to come in with a lower payroll in ’09.

Sure, they never officially bowed out on Ramirez – Hal Steinbrenner says all avenues remain open, and bits of Scott Boras’ history with the Yankees (Johnny Damon, Teixeira) seems to indicate the Bombers might get a last crack once more. Hey, they write the checks.
 
But Brian Cashman made his stance clear in this quote: “The decisions we made this winter would complicate my ability to be aggressive in the free agent market as we move forward. I’ll leave it at that.”

My best guess? Dodgers. The full rundown of Manny’s situation, as it relates to the Yankees, will be on Yankees.com and MLB.com later today.

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