Aug 23, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Huston Street (16) watches fireworks with his family following a 8-6 win against the Chicago Cubs at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Huston Street to remain Padres closer for 2014

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The San Diego Padres remain committed to Huston Street – at least for the 2014 season as general manager Josh Byrnes said Street will stay in the closing role for the upcoming season.

However, Byrnes would not commit to Street in 2015, especially after the team signed Joaquin Benoit last week:

“Street is still our closer,” Byrnes continued. “Huston has done it very well for a long time. Benoit has done it for four years. Huston is a pro. Nothing changes here. We do have a decision for 2015. Nothing is guaranteed for 2015.”

Street and the Padres hold a mutual option for the 2015 season which would pay the longtime closer $7 million dollars, so it’s likely the Padres will see how Street pitches this season before making a decision on whether or not to keep him on the roster for the 2015 season.

Of course, the perfect scenario would to be have both players in an interchangeable role that would only benefit the Padres’ bullpen, but that doesn’t seem likely moving forward. It appears Street’s tenure as closer in San Diego is slowly coming to an end.

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