San Diego Padres closer Huston Street hasn’t had many opportunities to play on winning teams during his career, but that doesn’t seem to bother the fireman who apparently doesn’t want to be traded out of San Diego.
Frankly, can you blame him?
Street, who has been the subject of trade talks for a few years now has likely heard rumors of his name popping up again as we near the July deadline. It obviously makes a ton of sense for the Padres to entertain the thought of moving the veteran considering the 30-year-old is one of the top closers in the game and they could likely command a pretty penny for his services, but if Street has his way he’ll be staying in America’s Finest City.
“I don’t want to be traded,” Street said. “I like my group in here. I think we can definitely hit better, and I think all the guys in here would say that. If we do, we’ve proven that if we score three to four runs, we’ll win a lot of games. To me, it’s really a question of, ‘Does the organization think we can win?’ I believe we can win. That’s why I signed back here.”
It’s a nice thought by Street, but the Padres are a small market team going up against two powerhouse franchises in the National League West, the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, both of whom have much larger spending habits.
Street and his Padres currently sit 13.5 games behind the Giants, the third largest deficit in Major League Baseball.