We all should have realized that Anthopoulos has a plan all along.
The Blue Jays were granted a waiver claim on catcher Eli Whiteside, who had been designated for assignment last week by the Yankees. Whiteside immediately takes the spot formerly held by Wilson, that of the potential fall-back option as a back-up catcher with absolutely no ability to hit. The 32-year-old Whiteside is a career .215 hitter with a .608 career OPS over 208 games, compared to Wilson who has a .208 career average with a .593 OPS over 191 games.
The acquisition of Whiteside again opens up the door for the Blue Jays to move either John Buck or J.P. Arencibia. The 26-year-old Arencibia is perhaps the most attractive trade chip on the catching market, with his power potential and the fact that he is still a year removed from arbitration eligibility.
Expect to hear more about this situation as the Winter Meetings roll on and Anthopoulos makes his move.
Tags: Toronto Blue Jays