During the MLB trade deadline of 2012, the San Diego Padres were supposed to be sellers, but they held on tightly to Chase Headley and Huston Street. To the surprise of many, the team gave Street a two-year extension with a team option for the 2015 campaign worth $7 million.
Considering the season that Street was having up until late August, the Padres got a steal, with the contract costing the team just $14 million overall. However, Street went down after notching his 21st save with a left calf injury and missed nearly a month of action after the All-Star break.
2012 was undoubtedly Street’s best season in years as he was an All-Star for the first time in his career, saving 23 games and finishing with an incredibly low 1.85 ERA – prior to 2012, his lowest ERA came in his rookie season with the Oakland Athletics when he posted a stellar 1.72 ERA in 2005.
Now that the Padres have Street under a cheap contract for a couple years, it has to be comforting knowing they have a stopper at the end of the bullpen. In eight seasons, Street has posted 20 or more saves six times, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon with a career-high .718 WHIP in 2012.
I can’t imagine the Padres will compete in NL West this season, but the fact that the Padres are willing to extend players who are contributing has to give their fan base hope moving forward. Bud Black will have his hands full with this team in 2013.