Based on multiple reports, a trade of San Diego Padres closer Huston Street seems near-imminent.
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 14, 2014
Street, 30, is in the midst of one of the best seasons of his big league career, going 1-0 with a 1.09 ERA with 24 saves. In 33 innings of work, the right-hander has allowed just for earned runs while striking out 34. With San Diego falling behind by a large margin in the division, it appears that Street will be dealt within the month, and several teams are reportedly interested in the veteran’s services.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among the teams interested, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. However, he points out that the Angels are not the only team hoping to land the closer.
The Pirates are said to be among other teams to check in on Street, with the Orioles andGiants mentioned in a speculative sense as possibilities. Both those teams seem more focused on starting pitchers, however. The Tigers have not indiucated an interest in acquiring a new closer and seem content with veteran Joe Nathan at the moment.
Street is owed just $7 million this season and could be brought back on a team option in 2015 for the same figure, which – as if he weren’t already attractive enough for teams in the thick of playoff races – only increases his value to teams.
San Francisco, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are all contending for playoff berths this season and another name that has been mentioned with some of these teams is Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who has experienced a resurgence after dropping off slightly for a couple years.
Street has also pitched for the Oakland Athletics and the Colorado Rockies during his 10-year big league career.