After the Oakland Athletics improved their pitching staff earlier this month by acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Angels are trying to improve their pitching staff as well by targeting Huston Street and Ian Kennedy.
Huston Street has been the best closer in all of baseball this season. Street is (1-0) with a 1.05 ERA and is 24 for 25 in save opportunities. Street despite his injuries has converted 80 of 84 save opportunities with the San Diego Padres since being acquired in 2012 from the Colorado Rockies. Ian Kennedy has been one of the Padres most consistent starters this season with a 3.47 ERA in 20 starts with 133 strikeouts in 124.1 innings of work.
The Padres control both Street and Kennedy through 2015 and Padres ownership isn’t interested in trading away their talent unless they get a significant amount in return and if the Angels want to acquire both Kennedy and Street the Padres will definitely require more than a significant amount in return. The issue is the Angels have only a small amount of minor league talent that the Padres would be interested in, as the Angels farm system is ranked last in major league baseball.
For the Angels to land both Street and Kennedy, they would need to give up a couple of top prospects and some of their offensive talent off the major league roster. For the Padres to agree to trade away both Street and Kennedy, the Angels would have to give up their Top prospect Triple-A second baseman Taylor Lindsey, their starting DH/1B CJ Cron, Grant Green and a few relief pitching prospects.
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