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Rangers Pick Up Catcher Eli Whiteside

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July 26, 2011: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley slides safely past Eli Whiteside of the San Francisco Giants for an inside the park home-run at Citizens Bank Park.

The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that they acquired catcher Eli Whiteside in a waiver claim from Toronto and re-signed infielder/outfielder Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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Whiteside, 33, has now been claimed on waivers by three different clubs this offseason.  He had been acquired by Toronto in a waiver claim from New York-AL on December 3 after the Yankees had designated him for assignment on November 28.  The Yankees acquired him in a waiver claim from San Francisco on November 5.  Whiteside had been arbitration-eligible for 2013, but signed a contract with the Yankees on November 24, which makes him a signed player for next season.

He spent the bulk of last year with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization, batting .224 (45-201) with one homer and 20 RBI.  He had two stints with the Giants, July 18-31 and Aug. 26-end of season, going 1-for-11 in 12 games.  He has a career .215 average over 208 major league games with Baltimore (2005) and San Francisco (2009-12).  Whiteside was a member of the Giants’ postseason rosters in 2010, but did not appear in any of the club’s three series that year.  As a rookie, the Mississippi native was behind the plate for Jonathan Sanchez’s no-hitter on July 10, 2009 vs. San Diego.

Snyder, 26, was not tendered a 2013 contract offer by the Rangers on the November 30 deadline.  A member of the club’s Opening Day roster, he spent five of the season’s six months in 2012 with the Rangers, batting .277 with 3 homers and 9 RBI in 40 games.  He was acquired from Baltimore in a January 3 trade.

With today’s transactions, the Rangers now have a full 40-man roster along with 13 non-roster invitations to major league spring training camp.
 

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