Whiteside, 33, had just one hit in 11 at-bats in 12 games with the Giants this past season. However, he hit .224 with a home run and 20 RBI in 60 games at Triple-A.
He's played five seasons in the Majors, but his most active season came in 2011 after Giants catcher Buster Posey was placed on the disabled list, allowing Whiteside to play in 82 games. In that time he hit just .197 with four home runs and 17 RBI.
On July 10, 2009, Whiteside caught a no hitter thrown by Jonathan Sanchez against the San Diego Padres.
This is the second time in as many offseasons that the Yankees have acquired a catcher from the Giants. Before the 2012 season started, the Yankees traded for backup catcher Chris Stewart.
Yankees starting catcher Russell Martin is currently a free agent, though the Yankees would like to bring him back next season. Whiteside will have Stewart, Francisco Cervelli, and Austin Romine as competition for New York's backup catcher role.
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