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Giants sticking with Whiteside for now

Posted on: May 27, 2011 8:27 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2011 8:48 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Eli WhitesideThe Giants aren't looking for another catcher to replace Buster Posey -- or at least they aren't right now, general manager Brian Sabean told reporters (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.)

Several teams have contacted Sabean to offer him catching help, he said, but he has yet to pick up the phone and dial anyone else's number. For now, the team is sticking with Eli Whiteside.

"We thank our lucky stars Whitey is in that position," Sabean said. "He's caught extremely well, and we've done well when he's been out there. He deserves a shot to see what it looks like. He's been around the block. … And quite frankly, I don't think anyone will trade us a catcher who's any better than Whiteside. If someone is an all-around catcher, you're not going to get that player in a trade."

Whiteside is hardly Mike Piazza at the plate. Entering Friday, he was hitting .185/.267/.370 this season and .229/.281/.363 in his career. But he is a good defensive catcher and is well-liked by the team's pitchers.

It was reported Thursday that the Giants had talked to the Nationals about Ivan Rodriguez, but he's hardly a big upgrade offensively. Rodriguez is hitting .205/.256/.342 in 79 plate appearances for Washington.

If the Giants do deal for a catcher, it'll likely be for a backup type, a role that Rodriguez is filling in Washington right now. Chris Stewart, who has all of 48 big-league at-bats, is currently the team's backup.

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