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Yankees avoid arbitration with catcher Whiteside

NEW YORK -- The Yankees have agreed to terms with catcher Eli Whiteside on a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration, the club announced on Monday. The contract is worth $625,000 in the Major Leagues and $200,000 in the Minors, according to the Associated Press.

Whiteside was claimed off waivers by the Yankees on Nov. 5 from the Giants. He appeared in 12 games for San Francisco this year, going 1-for-11 (.091) at the plate.

The 33-year-old backstop 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 basestealers.

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 joined 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 played in the Arizona Fall League after losing much of his '12 season to injury.

The Yankees also continue to express 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.