Look who it is! Eli "Bad Penny" Whiteside.
Aaron Gleeman at NBC Hard Ball Talk has reported that the Giants have made it official:
Eli Whiteside is coming back to San Francisco.
I first told you about the possibility on Wednesday and conjectured that it would probably be nothing more than a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. And that’s exactly what’s happened here.
The Giants non-tendered Whitey Monday night, making him a free agent. But evidently, no other teams came calling.
San Francisco would have had to pay close to $750,000 through the arbitration process had they tendered him a contract. Now, assuming he makes the team out of camp, Whiteside will earn the league minimum ($480,000), saving the Giants about $300,000.
I still see Chris Stewart as Buster Posey‘s backup, but these things are very fluid and can change pretty quickly.
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