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A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the San Francisco Giants have reached a one-year deal with backup catcher Eli Whiteside after declining to offer him a contract Monday, avoiding arbitration and making him a free agent. The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. Whiteside will receive $600,000 if he is on the major league roster and $175,000 if in the minors. He provided key innings for the 2010 World Series champions this past season after reigning NL Rookie of the Year Buster Posey went down with a season-ending leg injury in a May 25 home-plate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins. The 32-year-old Whiteside batted .197 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 82 games.
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