July 31st, 2007
C Chance 'Scandal' Tidwell (26, AAA) - $0.38/$0.38/$0.38/arbitration/arbitration/arbitration
San Antonio receives:
C Gerald McKnight (32, AAA) - minor league contract
McKnight served as an excellent defensive backup for San Antonio during the '07 campaign. He threw out 41.7% (5/12) of runners attempting to steal a base. He moved on to play in the Alianza Béisbol Al Sur de la Frontera League after being released by San Antonio at the end of the season (10/13/07). As of the '09 season, he has played for the Ciudad Juárez Velas, Zapopan Torrenas, and Tlalnepantla de Baz Progresivos.
Tidwell batted .270 in 11 games for Bakersfield. He has played poorly in a backup role in subsequent seasons with Bakersfield.
Commentary: I knew Salgardo was moving in another deal, so I needed a replacement catcher, one who hit right handed preferably to give Gonzalez a rest. I wanted a guy in that spot with good defensive ability. While I trade away a modest prospect in Tidwell, I get in return a veteran guy whose experience and defense will hopefully pay dividends down the stretch. Tidwell was not bad defensively, but McKnight is better behind the dish, and what I get out of his bat means nothing. I was already getting nothing from Salgardo, who hopefully does better with more playing time in West Virginia eventually. - San Antonio