The Los Angeles Angels made another move to boost their bullpen by trading with the San Diego Padres for All-Star closer Huston Street; as reported by ESPN.com's Jim Bowden and FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
For Street and a Double-A pitcher, the Angels will send top prospects Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez and two other Minor League players including Jose Rondon to the Padres.
Street has a 1.09 ERA with 24 saves in 25 opportunities on the season. He also struck out 34 batters in 33 innings and opponents were hitting .158 off of him.
The trade ends months of speciation and rumors, which go straight to the household.
“Literally, she’s asked me the same question four times in the last week,” Street said. “Two times I told her ‘I think we are’ and two times I’m like ‘I don’t really feel it today.’”
Street thoroughly enjoyed pitching in San Diego, where he signed in the offseason going into 2012. Although he would be willing to stay and sign for much longer if it meant pitching for manager Bud Black and his coaching staff, he’s been around long enough to perfectly understand the situation.
“I think logically speaking from the organization’s perspective, they have to make some changes,” Street said. “You can’t lose three years in a row – or every year since I’ve been there – and say, ‘Well we’re going to figure it out next year.’ So I’m realistic about the idea that I’m having a really good year, they can trade me, I’m under team control for another year so they’re not going to get as much for me next year in a trade as they would this year in a trade. So if they’re trying to make the organization better, what are they going to do?”
The Padres handled this process in the very best way possible. They kept Street in the loop throughout the process and didn’t put him and his family in a cloud of doubt and confusion where he would have to rely on the media to clue him in on his future.
“They told me this out loud, which I’ve been thankful for,” Street said. “It’s kind of given me my talking points, which they probably done on purpose. I feel like they’ve been honest with me throughout the whole thing – ‘It might happen. We’re not telling you it happened. You’re very affordable next year but if we get what we want for you, we’re going to have to trade you.’ And I’m fine. I get it.
“It’s like they said ‘Hey you had a chance to negotiate a no-trade [clause].’ We joked about it,” Street said. I have a great relationship with everybody in San Diego. We have open dialogue so I’m going to respect any decision that they make because they’ve been so honest with me.”
He said all he wants to do is be a closer, and if we was to be traded, it would preferably be with a winning team. He got both of that by being traded to the Angels, who are in contention for the AL West title and currently hold the top Wild Card spot by 6.5 games. The Halos have answered their previous bullpen problems by anchoring it with a 2013 All-Star closer in Jason Grilli and a 2014 All-Star closer in Street, along with Jason Smith who has filled in admirably with a 2.32 ERA and 15 saves in 19 opportunities.
After this entire process, it just goes to show that the San Diego Padres, despite putting a losing product on the field for four years and recently fired their general manager, actually has the organizational character of a powerhouse.
“It is the truth,” Street said.