Rangers pick up Jays catcher White­side, sign out­fielder

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

The Texas Rangers have ac­quired catcher Eli White­side on a waiver claim from Toronto.

Texas, which lost All-Star catcher Mike Napoli in free agency, also Wed­nes­day re­signed in­fielder-out­fielder Bran­don Sny­der to a mi­nor league con­tract with an in­vi­ta­tion to ma­jor league spring train­ing.

White­side has been claimed on waivers by three dif­fer­ent clubs this off­sea­son. He had been ac­quired in a claim by Toronto af­ter he was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment by the New York Yan­kees, who got him on a waiver claim from San Fran­cisco.

In 208 ma­jor league games with Baltimore (2005) and San Fran­cisco (2009-12), White­side has a .224 av­er­age with one homer and 20 RBIs. He ap­peared in 12 games with the Giants last year.

Sny­der hit .277 in 40 games for the Rangers last sea­son.

Cubs: Chicago claimed right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario off waivers Wed­nes­day from the Bos­ton Red Sox.

Rosario has played in parts of three sea­sons with the Mi­ami Mar­lins, al­low­ing 13 earned runs in 7 2/3 in­nings over 10 re­lief ap­pear­ances.

Rosario was claimed off waivers by Bos­ton from the Mar­lins in Oc­to­ber and got traded to Oak­land last month. The Red Sox ac­quired him again off waivers Mon­day.

Dodgers: Los An­ge­les ac­quired in­fielder-out- fielder Skip Schu­maker from the Car­di­nals for mi­nor league in­fielder Jake Lem­mer­man.

Schu­maker, 32, has split time be­tween sec­ond base (412 games) and the out­field (389 games) in his ca­reer, ap­pear­ing at all three out­field po­si­tions. Schu­maker hit .288 with 23 home runs and 211 RBIs in 810 games from 200512 with the Car­di­nals.

Yan­kees: Closer Mar­i­ano Rivera ex­pects to be ready by open­ing day.

“I don’t see why not,” Rivera said Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Rivera, 43, plans to be­gin throw­ing soon in prepa­ra­tion for spring train­ing. His sur­gi­cally re­paired right knee is still not at 100 per­cent, though Rivera said he is re­gain­ing strength.

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