Angels Acquire Huston Street From Padres

The Angels have officially agreed to acquire All-Star closer Huston Street from the Padres, as first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (Twitter links). It is a four-for-two deal, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first tweeted.

In return for Street and 2013 sixth-round draft choice Trevor Gott, San Diego will receive second base prospect Taylor Lindsey, who entered the year as the Halos’ top-rated prospect in the eyes of Baseball America, as well as 23-year-old righty R.J. Alvarez, who BA ranked fourth among Angels prospects. Two other minor leaguers are also headed to San Diego: rising shortstop prospect Jose Rondon and righty Elliot Morris.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres

Street has been one of the most effective late-inning relievers in baseball this year. In his age-30 season, Street owns a 1.09 ERA backed by 9.3 K/9 against just 1.9 BB/9. He also sports a 42.5% groundball rate that is his best mark since his rookie year of 2005. While Street’s earned run mark is propped up somewhat by the fact that he has a remarkable 100% strand rate, ERA estimators also like his work thus far (2.90 FIP, 2.95 xFIP, 2.46 SIERA).

Street’s contract, of course, makes up a good portion of his appeal, and also presumably opened up a broader market for his services. He is owed only the remainder of his $7MM salary this year and comes with a $7MM club option for 2015. That manageable commitment arguably made him the most attractive closer acquisition candidate on the market this year — at least, that is, unless and until the Red Sox make Koji Uehara available. It appears that the Angels decided it was worth parting with a larger prospect haul to add Street, and do so now, rather than waiting to pursue one of the more expensive relief options that might have been had, such as Jonathan Papelbon of the Phillies.

For the Angels, Street represents fourth reliever added in the last month, joining Joe Thatcher, Jason Grilli, and the since-released Rich Hill. Street will presumably bump Joe Smith out of the closer role that he has occupied since deposing Ernesto Frieri, who was of course dealt for Grilli. Of course, Smith — who inked for $15.75MM over three years before the season — has been every bit as good as Street this year (2.32 ERA with 9.7 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, 58.1% groundball rate).

The other piece of the deal for Los Angeles, Gott, had been throwing at Double-A after earning a mid-season promotion. The 21-year-old has just a 4.63 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 6.9 BB/9 through 11 2/3 frames at that level, but had worked to a 3.16 mark on the back of 8.9 K/9 against 2.6 BB/9 through 31 1/3 High-A innings. Gott did not rank among San Diego’s thirty best prospects entering the year in the eyes of Baseball America.

San Diego looks to have achieved a strong return for Street. Lindsey, 22, was taken in the sandwich round of the 2010 draft and landed in the 93rd overall spot on Baseball America’s top-100 prospect list. His calling card is his unconventional but effective left-handed bat. He profiles as an average runner and fielder, according to BA. In his first season at Triple-A, Lindsey owns a .247/.323/.400 slash with eight home runs and seven stolen bases.

Though it is generally unwise to look too far ahead with prospects, it appears that Lindsey is close to earning a shot at big league playing time and makes for a nice fit with San Diego. With Chase Headley set to hit the open market this coming offseason (if he is not traded earlier), Jedd Gyorko could slide to the hot corner with Lindsey slotting in at second. (Of course, 2011 San Diego first-rounder Cory Spangenberg is also filtering up the system as a keystone option, though his prospect sheen has dimmed in recent years.)

For his part, Alvarez has dominated upon being promoted to Double-A for the 2014 campaign. Exclusively a reliever, he has allowed just one earned run in 27 innings of work, striking out 12.7 while walking just 3.3 batters per nine. That performance supports Baseball America’s scouting report from before the season, which praises Alvarez for his big fastball and power slider. Indeed, according to BA, the Friars may have picked up their closer of the future by dealing their closer of the past, as Alvarez has 9th-inning upside.

In the meantime, presumably, Joaquin Benoit will step into San Diego’s closer role. He has been outstanding, with a 1.86 ERA and 10.5 K/9 versus 2.1 BB/9, since signing a two-year, $15.5MM deal (with a $8MM club option for 2016). The veteran could still be dealt, Rosenthal tweets, but San Diego will “raise the bar” on its demands having already shipped out its incumbent closer.

As for Rondon, a 20-year-old from Venezuela who was rated the Halos’ 12th-best prospect coming into the year, Baseball America says he has a good hit tool and approach, but lacks any power to speak of. He is not much above average on the bases and is a good, but not spectacular fielder who could become a second baseman or utility player as he moves forward. Of course, the youngster has only raised his stock with a strong .327/.362/.418 slash in 324 plate appearances at the High-A level this year. With half a year in the books, Rondon had already jumped to 5th among Angels prospects on MLB.com’s ranking.

Morris, 22, was a fourth-round selection last year for Los Angeles who signed for a $387.3K bonus. He has moved up to the High-A level in his second season as a professional, and owns a 4.17 ERA through 45 1/3 innings with 7.9 K/9 and 5.6 BB/9.

Bowden tweeted that Rondon was part of the deal, while Rosenthal tweeted Gott’s inclusion.


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149 Comments on "Angels Acquire Huston Street From Padres"


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bobbleheadguru
11 months 18 days ago

Steep price. But worth it. No one wants a one game playoff v. Felix.

Perhaps the market for relievers is opening up.

Tigers can choose between Joaquin Benoit or Joakim Soria with less competition.

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RyanWKrol
11 months 18 days ago

And this could make it best of 5 vs. whoever instead.

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bobbleheadguru
11 months 18 days ago

Winning the division v. being a Wildcard v. Felix is a HUGE difference.

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tigersfan33
11 months 18 days ago

It’s Joakim Soria, not Joaquin.

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34red4
11 months 18 days ago

Very steep price.

Oakland got Jim Johnson for only Jemile Weeks.
At the time, Johnson was one of the best closers in baseball.

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LazerTown
11 months 18 days ago

A big part of that though would seem to be salary, and the fact that the Angels were desperate. You tend to get a better return on closers at the deadline, just because teams will overpay, but in the offseason they will try someone else first. Street probably is owed around another $3MM, JJ was requiring around $10MM.

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RyanWKrol
11 months 18 days ago

Salary dump. Angels had to buy 1 1/2 years of a much better reliever.

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LazerTown
11 months 18 days ago

And they could just as easily end up with a 1 game playoff vs anyone else. Those teams don’t really have the luxury of setting up the rotation for that one game. Is possible Felix would start, but more likely he wouldn’t

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Matt Galvin
11 months 18 days ago

Good hall for Padres hopefully they get an OF back to step a Venable,Chris D. Trade. Benoit could be part of Trade or another. Will be announced when Padres game is over. Kennedy is starting tonight.

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IZZONE
11 months 18 days ago

Good deal for the Angels. A SS prospect who is having an OK year at AAA and a reliever in AA who has great stuff but wild command. The other prospects could change my idea but they are probably to small to change it much.

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YODA777
11 months 18 days ago

This is a terrible trade for the Padres. This trade does not improve the Padres. Lindsey had one decent power year in the minors and the batting average trend has been down every year.

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Beersy
11 months 18 days ago

Not quite sure what you are hearing or reading about th eplayers the Padres are getting, but this seems like a very good deal for the Friars. A possible infield combo and a possible closer for a closer on a losing team, sounds good to me.

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YODA777
11 months 18 days ago

I hear ya Beersy, but I also heard the same thing about the Peavy, and Gonzalez’s trades. None of the players we got with the “possible” exception of Rondon are an improvement over the similar two or three players the Padres already have in their system. I am not against trading Street, it is what we go for him that has me chapped. Perhaps Street was not strong enough to return an MLB player by himself, then sweeten the pot with Kennedy and some of our prospects to return a decent MLB caliber player.

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Pei Kang
11 months 18 days ago

disagree, while it’s true Street is one of the top closers at the moment-he’s had a history of injury problems…and could go down any second. This beefs up the depth in the Padres’ system and anyone of these guys could turn into useful regulars.

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LazerTown
11 months 18 days ago

Getting 2 semi-close halfway interesting players is a pretty good return for half a year of a closer. Not sure what you were expecting, but you aren’t going to get someone like Taijuan Walker for Street.

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David Coonce
11 months 18 days ago

Losing team needs a “proven closer” as much as a fish needs a bicycle. Getting three of the Angels top-10 prospects is a major coup for the Padres. Padres, with the Petco advantage, have always been able to manufacture relievers out of thin air – see Dale Thayer, Luke Gregerson. This is not much of a loss. A losing team does not need to spend 7 million bucks on a closer.

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dvmin98
11 months 18 days ago

We get some middle infield prospects for a closer we don’t really need…we are not contending this year. From Keith Law himself: “I wouldn’t have dealt Jose Rondon for two months (plus an option) of Huston Street straight-up”

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Phillyfan425
11 months 18 days ago

One less suitor for Pap. With the Tigers saying they’d rather have an 8/9 inning guy (instead of a bona fide closer), I’m starting to get worried we’ll be stuck with Pap – even if we do eat money.

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bobbleheadguru
11 months 18 days ago

Make the Tigers the offer of Verlander for Lee.

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Phillyfan425
11 months 18 days ago

I don’t see how that solves our Pap problem.

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bobbleheadguru
11 months 18 days ago

True. I would love to see Verlander transition into a finesse pitcher in the NL. I would love the Tigers to take a risk and pick up the left handed Lee for next 1.5-2.5 years.

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Phillyfan425
11 months 18 days ago

It’d be interesting to see Verlander against a completely different set of opponents. His big drop in K rate this year is something very concerning. On the other hand, adding Kate Upton to our (rather impressive, if I do say so myself) WAG list would be pretty sweet.

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OBomb
11 months 18 days ago

Worst season of Padres baseball, ever.

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maybenextyearpads
11 months 18 days ago

Yes, but this was a necessary move, and it seems like they picked up a few nice pieces.

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YODA777
11 months 18 days ago

Why was this a necessary move?

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GetToTheChoppa
11 months 18 days ago

Because street is 30. Lindsey, Alvarez, and Rondon are 100x more than what the padres gave up to acquire street from the Rockies (Andrew Schmidt). If you haven’t noticed the padres aren’t deep at the in field positions. Read the article. Lindsey gives them another option aside from spangenberg and could let them move Gyorko to 3rd when they deal Headley. Idk how you can say they won’t help the padres in the future but since you’ve got a crystal ball wanna share the lottery numbers? Or who will win the sb, World Series, next World Cup? Cause apparently you can see the future. The padres have pitching. We don’t need pitching we need hitters. Quakenbush, Vincent, there’s guys in the minors that we have that can close. What we don’t have is decent production from our 2B SS this year. These guys are also COST CONTROLLED. Trading Kennedy and Street for an mlb player would yield MAYBE 3 years of team control for 1 guy.

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East Coast Bias
11 months 18 days ago

haha what? All he asked was why this was a necessary move. Where did you get all the stuff about the crystal ball, Super Bowl, world series, world cup? hahaha

Relax bro, not everyone is attacking you. Some people are genuinely curious. CAPS CAPS

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GetToTheChoppa
11 months 18 days ago

There was actually an original post before. Pretty much insulting maybene for saying it was a necessary move. Yoda original claimed this move didn’t help the padres now or in the future. He also claimed it would have been smarter to trade Kennedy and street for an mlb player.

If you looked at his profile there’s a comment saying “This is a terrible trade for the Padres. This trade does not improve the Padres. Lindsey had one decent power year in the minors and the batting average trend has been down every year.” Of course this was edited to save face.

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YODA777
11 months 18 days ago

I did not say to keep Street, I want more then what the Padres received. The Padres did not have to trade Street right now. How about getting out of the box, package Street with Kennedy and some prospects and return an MLB player to the Padres. The Padres got nothing back in this deal that they already have in the their minor league system. If Lindsey is struggling to hit in a hitters AAA league, how much success will he have hitting in Petco Park every day?

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GetToTheChoppa
11 months 18 days ago

Kennedy, Street and prospects for 1 guy makes the team worse. We get 1 guy who we will have to pay, may lose, and lose cheap cost controlled assets. 1 guy isn’t going to fix the padres in 1 2 years and trading 4-6 years of team control in prospects for 2 years of team control for a decent mlb player (they aren’t getting an all star for street Kennedy and prospects) cripples cap space much like Headley. Acquiring young pieces allows them flexibility to move people. Lindsey is hitting about .240. He hits aboutb.240 in petco padres fans would be glad to welcome that kind of production. Better than Conrad and Gyorko and Peterson this season.

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LazerTown
11 months 18 days ago

Because there is no point for a non-contending team to be paying $7MM next year to keep him around. Maybe they lose a few more games from here on out, but if you not going to playoffs does it matter?