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Angels acquire All-Star closer Huston Street from Padres

Jul 18, 2014, 6:15 PM EST

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UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s a done deal, with the Padres sending Street and an undisclosed minor leaguer to the Angels for a four-prospect package headlined by Triple-A infielder Taylor Lindsey.

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Padres closer Huston Street has been linked to the Angels for a while now and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are “close to finalizing a deal” for the All-Star right-hander.

Bullpen problems have plagued the Angels, who recently traded former closers with the Pirates by swapping Ernesto Friero for Jason Grilli and have also used longtime setup man Joe Smith in the closer role.

By getting Street they’d been leaving no question about the ninth-inning role, as he’s saved 258 games since debuting for the A’s in 2005, including 23 saves with a 1.09 ERA for the Padres this season.

Street has never been particularly durable and occasionally has trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark, but he’s never had an ERA above 4.00, boasts a 2.87 ERA in 565 career innings, and has a 2.03 mark with a 127/32 K/BB ratio in 129 innings for the Padres since 2012.

Street is making $7 million this season and his contract contains a $7 team option for 2015 that the Angels would almost surely be interested in exercising following a trade for the 30-year-old.

  1. JHathwell - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Last piece to the WS puzzle right there.

    • moogro - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Felix stole one of the sky pieces.

  2. psly2124 - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Pitches is a huge park in the national league. He’s batting practice in the American League.

    • icanspeel - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Ummm look at his splits

      Home 1.80 ERA
      Away 0.00 ERA

    • bronco58lb - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      One of the most consistent relievers in the game. Not to mention, Angel Stadium is a pitcher’s haven.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

        Between him and Grilli at the back end, if Grilli can get even halfway back to where he was last year, that anchors the pen pretty well. Nice move.

    • superpriebe - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Well, he only spent four years being good in the AL West. No way he’ll be able to do it again.

      He also spent three years pitching well in that pitcher-friendly Coors Field.

      Aside from that, excellent point!

  3. norvturnersneck - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    This will help, but they may need another reliever too. It is by far their weakest part of their team.

    • JHathwell - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      they’ve already added Thatcher and Grilli.

      • itsallbygrace - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        And Smith has been lights out. Jepsen and Morin have been solid too.

      • JHathwell - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

        startin’ to come together, Pepper.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        Plus for next year, they’ll surely pick up Street’s option, and can let Grilli go if he wants too much.

  4. sdelmonte - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    I always follow him to the Manhattan Bridge.

  5. lynneric - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Why ? The team is working great right now.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Two and a half months to go. “Right now” might not last that long.

  6. docboss - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Angels are “all in” for WS vs. Dodgers or Cards. “Can’t wait” for Albert’s return to STL.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Dodgers/Cards? Have you factored in the possibility of Giants/Nationals/Braves/Reds/Pirates? The Marlins have never won a division title, but won two World Series. Keep an eye on those wild card teams!

  7. Gord - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Did he throw a single pitch in either All Star game he went too?

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Neither game was a save situation, with the NL winning 8-0 in 2012 and losing 5-3 this month.

  8. rawdog2013 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Inning 7, 8 & still 9 are where the Angels get pounded. Weaver is human this year as well.

    AL West is gonna be fun to watch. Still the A’s for the taking!

  9. bisonaudit - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    This closer thing is the biggest racket going. It least being left handed is actually a thing. The entire idea of the closer role is a figment of Tony LaRussa’s imagination.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      It was Sparky Anderson’s idea long before Tony the Pony.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Heh. When you have an ace closer, you force the other team to play an 8-inning game, a huge tactical advantage. I’ll take Tony LaRussa’s tactical judgement any day.

  10. rcali - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    $7 mil isn’t that bad for a top reliever in today’s game. Lots of teams are suffering with few options for the ninth. This is just another case of the Padres being cheap, even under new ownership, and playing this whole “build for the future” B.S. Heck, they won’t even pay for a GM right now! You have to have some kind of veteran leadership even when rebuilding. San Diego deserves better then the muck they are putting on the field. More “Prospects” are not going to fix this thing.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      They kept Benoit who gets $8 million next year. They traded an extra closer for middle infield prospects they don’t have in their own system, and a reliever who could be a closer in a couple years (the Padres manager and pitching coach took A’s castoff Tyson Ross and turned him into an All Star).

  11. hardballtalkusername - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Angels gave up too much.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      Naw …. a so-so AAA 2B who may or may not be a borderline MLB starter, a Class A SS who is too young and limited for in-depth evaluation yet, (and a swap of AA-level relievers as a near wash), for an All-Star closer of decent contract, through next year? Not a bad move.

  12. chargrz - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Angels got the better of the deal.

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