One of the hottest names on the trade market this summer is San Diego Padres closer Huston Street. And after a report on Friday it looks like Street will be headed out of “America’s Finest City” in short order.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Los Angeles Angels are close to acquiring the two-time All-Star. So far this season for the Padres, Street has pitched 33 innings and has a 1.09 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 24 saves in 25 opportunities. He has been one of the most consistent closers in baseball over the past three seasons since arriving in San Diego.
There is no word on what will be heading back to San Diego in exchange for Street, but you would think the Angels would have to surrender something solid to get an impact closer. Street also won’t be a rental, as his contract contains a $7 million club option for 2015.
The Angels were also reportedly interested in acquiring righty Ian Kennedy from the Padres as well, but the two teams couldn’t agree on a price.
The Padres are clearly in sell-mode right now and the Angels are desperate for a real closer seeing as how they have blown 12 saves as team so far in 2014.
Street is 30 years old and is solidly in his prime, based on how well he’s pitched in the past three seasons. The Angels would instantly become much better if they landed Street.