According to John Shea, the Giants have signed Eli Whiteside to a major-league deal. It comes as no surprise that the Giants have re-signed him, as they had indicated that they were planning on bringing him back in some capacity, but it’s a bit of a head-scratcher that they gave him a major-league deal.
Whiteside, 32, has hit .218/.274/.339 (67 OPS+) in limited time at the majors, and hit just .197/.264/.310 (62 OPS+) in 2011. In addition, he had his fair share of defensive struggles behind the plate. I’d figured the Giants would go with Chris Stewart as the backup in the beginning of 2012, with Hector Sanchez eventually supplanting him.