Well well well, remember all those words I bothered spilling the other night when the Jays decided not to tender a contract to Bobby Wilson, thus potentially– albeit debatably– making them less likely to be interested in moving JP Arencibia or John Buck? Turns out it didn’t take them long to put themselves back into the catcher-heavy position they were in last week.
#BlueJays claim Eli Whiteside. Becomes fourth catcher. Non-tendered Bobby Wilson last week. Still could trade Arencibia or Buck.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2012
Despite the picture, Whiteside was actually claimed by the Jays from the Yankees, after they had claimed him the Giants a few weeks back, and signed him to a $635K split contract, according to River Avenue Blues– who also note that he’s out of options and would have to pass through waivers to be sent down to the minors.
I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly what the Jays try to do here, very possibly losing him in the process. But with the Winter Meetings in full swing, it sure adds a layer of intrigue to the whole catching situation, doesn’t it?
And just as this happens, we’re hearing that the catching-starved Mets are “getting serious” about trading RA Dickey– per both Jayson Stark and Jon Heyman. MLBTR has some details on that as well. Interesting… yknow, if you want it to be.
So… there’s that.