December 18th, 2008
San Antonio receives:
SP Bill Taylor (25, ML) - $0.39/arbitration/arbitration/arbitration
C Bob Keller (22, AA) - minor league contract
SP Gary Fisher (29, ML) - $2.2
2B Terry Thornton (22. AAA) - minor league contract
Taylor was traded to Florida by midseason (7/12/09). Prior to the trade, he went 6-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 17 starts with San Antonio. Overall, he grades out as an all-around average starting pitcher who is serviceable in number 4 or number 5 spot in the rotation.
Keller played well at San Antonio's AA affiliate in '09. Outstanding defensively, Keller has some pop in his bat. He could very well be a respectable starting caliber catcher in the big leagues one day.
Fisher was traded to Kentucky by the trading deadline (7/31/09). Prior to the trade, he went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 20 starts with Tempe. For his career, he is a below average pitcher who is best suited in a spot starting and long reliever roles.
Thornton's rookie '09 season was shortened by a dislocated shoulder (7/08/09). Prior to the injury, he batted .233 with 3 homeruns and 21 RBIs in 81 games. He possesses tremendous speed and defensive skills. His bat is average at best. A rookie, Thornton is a big league bench player at the moment who down the line may grow into a consistent starting infielder.