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Rockies shopping closer Huston Street to clear payroll space

Nov 16, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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For teams like the Blue Jays that are in the market for a veteran closer but scared off by free agent demands Huston Street could emerge as a top target, with Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies “would like to move Street to create payroll flexibility to pursue a starting pitcher.”

Street served up too many homers this year and also dealt with a triceps injury, which led to the Rockies gaining confidence in Rafael Betancourt as closer.

Street still ended the season with a 3.86 ERA and 55/9 K/BB ratio in 58 innings, which is plenty impressive for a guy calling Coors Field home. In three seasons with the Rockies he has a 3.50 ERA and 170/33 K/BB ratio in 167 innings and prior to that Street posted a 2.88 ERA in 269 innings for the A’s.

When healthy he’s pretty consistently been an elite reliever and Street is still just 28 years old, so with a contract that pays him $7.5 million in 2012 and has a $9 million mutual option or $500,000 buyout for 2013 he’d make sense for a lot of teams.

  1. SmackSaw - Nov 16, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Perfect for the Jays.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    I did not realize that he was only 28. I have seen him mentioned as a possible trade target for the Jay’s in another source.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      I believe that it was either Rosenthal or Morosi who had also said that the Jay’s were interested in Street.

  3. sknut - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    They picked the worst year to deal him though with the overflow of closers on market. I would still want him over most of the other guys, just depending on what I had to give up to get him.

  4. fummer34 - Nov 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    This sounds like a perfect fit for the jays. The closer they want and being able to get him at a bargain with so many other options out there. He’s club controlled for another yr with a player option. Go get him A.A

  5. cur68 - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    I like it. All he needs to do is convert at League Average for saves and the Jays are automatically about 8 or nine games better.

  6. kappy32 - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Mets! If it’s a salary dump, maybe they’ll take that wart named Angel Pagan off our hands.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    The jays needing a closer is like a homeless guy needing a garage door opener.

    • cshearing - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      Your constant Jays trolling is pretty sad. You guys know he even does it at other websites?

      • cur68 - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:19 AM

        No, but I’m not surprised. ‘harry has issues. His probation officer keeps trying to beat them out of him but ‘harry a recidivist.

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