Huston Street is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career, and American League west contender has taken notice. On Friday the San Diego Padres pulled off a six-player trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that included the ace closer. However, the deal wasn’t officially announced until early on Saturday.
The deal brought Street in to a pennant race and brought him back to his roots, as he returns to the division where his career all started. Street debuted with the Oakland Athletics in 2005 and spent the first four years of his career with the team before heading to Colorado for three seasons.
In 2014 there hasn’t been a closer more hot than Street, who owns a 1.09 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 34 strikeouts against only seven walks in 33 innings pitched. He’s converted on 24 of his 25 save opportunities and owns an 1-0 record as well.
The deal helps the Angels, who are 58-37 and 1.5 games back of Oakland in the AL West race. Despite that record, among AL teams, only the Astros, White Sox and A’s had blown more saves. So the closer position was one the Angels were looking to shore up.
As for the rest of the deal, Street and minor-leaguer Trevor Gott went to the Angels in exchange for Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.
All four of the players the Padres got in return are of the minor league variety, with Lindsey headlining the deal. The 22-year-old prospect is hitting .247/.323/.400 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight homers, 30 RBI, 50 runs and seven steals in 75 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season.
The rest of the players the Padres got in return are all Double-A or High-A players and not likely to see the majors this season.
At 41-55 entering Saturday, the Padres were well out of the National League West division race, sitting 12 games back of both the San Francisco Giants and Los Angels Dodgers.