The Los Angeles Angels have reportedly been in trade talks with the San Diego Padres about two of their potentially available pitchers. Those talks reportedly fizzled when it comes to starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.
They are still alive, however, when it comes to a potential deal that might send closer Huston Street to the Angels.
Street will be one of the players most sought after in the next couple weeks. While bullpen help is relatively cheap and easy to find, a proven closer can be harder to acquire mid-season. That ratchets up the urgency for teams like the Angels, Baltimore Orioles, or Detroit Tigers, all teams that could use help in the 9th inning of games as they set their sights on the playoffs.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels remain in talks with the Padres about a deal for Street.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 16, 2014
For a while now the Padres have been linked to possible deals involving Street and setup man Joaquin Benoit. The team seems reluctant to deal both relievers. They might be more inclined to deal Street because he is a free agent at season’s end, where as Benoit has an extra year left on his deal.
Street might not throw hard, relying on deception and precisely located pitches to record outs late in games. This season he has recorded 24 saves with a stingy 1.09 ERA. For all of the understated bullpen moves that will be made this month, a deal involving Street could have a major impact. The Angels are hoping to be the team to pull off that deal.