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The Pirates could be interested in Huston Street

Jul 12, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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Mark Melancon has done a respectable job since replacing Jason Grilli as Pittsburgh’s closer, but Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that the Pirates could consider making a trade for Padres closer Huston Street.

It’s unclear whether the two teams have actually had trade talks, but Biertempfel writes that the Pirates have focused most of their attention on pitchers, both for the rotation and the bullpen. The Padres figure to be one of a handful of sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, so Street is a logical target for any team on the lookout for a late-inning arm. The 30-year-old owns a fantastic 1.09 ERA and 34/7 K/BB ratio over 33 innings this season. He’s making $7 million this season while his contract includes a $7 million option for 2015, so the asking price figures to be pretty steep.

Ernesto Frieri has struggled since coming over from the Angels for Grilli, so the potential addition of Street would allow Melancon to move back into a set-up role. Jonathan Papelbon, Joaquin Benoit, Chad Qualls, and Joakim Soria are among the other late-inning arms who could be moved this month.

  1. cincinata - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Who Isn’t?

  2. crillbill - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    I don’t think street is tradeable. I think he signed a sweetheart deal to stay in San Diego.

  3. ptfu - Jul 12, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Padres need to sign Kim Ng or whoever else to be their GM. Much easier to trade when you have an actual GM instead of an ad hoc committee that includes Omar Minaya, dog help us.

    In addition to Street, Joaquin Benoit is also closer material and prime trade bait. Padres also have any number of outfielders who could be traded, plus 3B Chase Headley (not that he’ll bring much back at this point).

  4. chargrz - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    They will give him away like they always do .Probably get a 34 yr old 2nd baseman batting .201 in single A. They should try and sign Headley long term as he is finally hitting and they no one to replace him but they will give him away also.

    • hiflew - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      They stole him from the Rockies for a AA pitcher that did nothing, so anything above that would be a win.

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