San Diego, CA- According to ESPN Senior Baseball Analyst & Insider Jim Bowden, the Los Angeles Angels according to sources are close to finalizing a deal with the San Diego Padres that will send all-star closer Huston Street to the Angels.
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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 acquiring closer Huston Street to improve the bullpen.
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.
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It has been well known around baseball that with the way the Padres have performed this season both Huston Street and Benoit were available, but the Padres only intend to trade one of them. The Padres plan on keeping one of the two to be the teams closer for next season and beyond.
There has been vast interest around the league for the Padres top two relievers and it would take a significant amount in return for the Padres to trade both Street and Benoit. The Angels have had the most interest in Street and the Tigers have had the most interest in Benoit. It’ll be interested to see who can complete a deal with the Padres first, because the team does not will have to give up a significant amount in return for the Padres to give up a second reliever.
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 Huston Street they would need to give up at least one of their top prospects and some of their offensive talent off the major league roster. For the Padres to agree to trade away Street the Angels would possibly have to give up their Top prospect Triple-A second baseman Taylor Lindsey, their starting DH/1B CJ Cron and maybe prospect Grant Green.