Immediately after losing Friday for the eighth time in 11 games, the San Diego Padres decided they didn't need two closers on a losing team and traded All-Star reliever Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels.
Actually, the deal had reportedly been in the works for about a week. The pennant-chasing Angels identified relief pitching as their biggest need, and the Padres, going nowhere, had a surplus.
It was a six-player deal, with four Angels prospects going to the Padres: top-rated infielder Taylor Lindsey, reliever R.J. Alvarez, shortstop Jose Rondon and another minor leaguer to be named later.
In addition to Street, the Angels received Double-A relief pitcher Taylor Gott.
Street, who will be 31 on Aug. 2, called the trade "ideal." Street, named to the last two All-Star teams, has converted 24 of 25 save opportunities this season with a 1.09 earned run average.
Street, who knew he was on the trading block, was pleased with the result. With Angels Stadium but 80 miles up Interstate 5 from Petco Park, he won't have to displace his family, and he goes from a Padres team that's 14 games below .500 to an Angels team that's only 1 1/2 games behind Oakland in the American League West.
"If they ship you someplace where you're going to have a chance to win, I don't think any player's going to complain about that," said Street, who will be going to his fourth team. "Getting traded is part of the game. You have to be able to accept that and work through it, if it happens."
Street, who debuted with Oakland in 2005, has 258 career saves and the best save percentage in the majors since 2011, 93 percent (109-of-117).
Street may not be the last Padre changing uniforms by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Third baseman Chase Headley, who has come alive offensively in July, is considered a prime target for contenders (despite his .226 batting average and $10 million salary). Right-handed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy could also draw interest.
As for one-legged sluggers who should be DH'ing in the American League, take Carlos Quentin. Please.
Street's position will be filled by former Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit, who was signed over the winter to be the eighth-inning specialist and insurance in case of Street being injured or traded.
Benoit, who lost Friday's game to the Mets, has 37 career saves.
Lindsey, 22, considered the Angels' top prospect, is batting .247 with eight home runs for Triple-A Salt Lake City. Alvarez, 23, has notched 38 strikeouts in 27 innings and an 0.33 ERA for Double-A Arkansas.