Cubs Sign Eli Whiteside to Minor League Contract

The Cubs posted confirmation of a report they signed catcher Eli Whiteside to a minor league deal. Whiteside’s contract should include a non-roster invite to big league camp so Whiteside can compete for a job backing up Welington Castillo.

The former sixth round pick of the Baltimore Orioles spent last season in the Rangers’ system after spending a majority of his big league career with the San Francisco Giants.

The 34-year old veteran, right-handed hitting, backstop last played in the majors in 2012. In 12 games for the eventual World Champs, Eli Whiteside hit .091/.214/.182 with one double. Over the course of five big league seasons, Whiteside has a .215/.273/.335 slash line with 21 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and a .608 OPS in 208 games.

Eli Whiteside hit .187/.242/.280 with six doubles and five home runs for Triple-A Round Rock in the PCL in 2013.

Eli Whiteside’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Eli Whiteside is the second player this off-season to sign a minor league contract with the Cubs that is believed to include a non-roster invite to Spring Training. The Cubs inked outfielder Aaron Cunningham to a minor league deal earlier this month and his contract is believed to include a NRI.

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  • John_CC

    Meh.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Next time we hear about Eli is when he gets waived at the end of Spring Training.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    According to Carrie Muskat……. Daniel Bard three relief appearances in Puerto Rico so far, Bard has given up seven earned runs on nine walks and four wild pitches, has hit three batters, and has yet to give up a hit. He’s retired one of the 13 batters faced over three outings.

    Theo would be crazy to keep Bard on the 40 man roster.

  • bpot92

    I dont understand signing all these vets to minor league deals with the amount of prospects we have. Chris Valaika, Jeudy Valdez, ect arent going to help the mlb team and I thought we had a logjam in AA and AAA.

    • Tony_Hall

      All teams sign minor league vets to fill ST roster spots and provide depth at AAA. Many get cut by the time rosters get set for the next season.

      • bpot92

        But couldnt we sign vets that actually have had some sort of success to mentor these guys in spring training before they are released? The other guys havent relly done anything. Btw I dont know who down-voted you for answering my question.

        • Tony_Hall

          We will sign more guys, but let’s face it, these type of guys are journeymen, 4A type players.

          I don’t even worry about down arrows, if you can’t say why you don’t like it, it just isn’t worth the time to wonder why.