As we approach the 2014 MLB trade deadline, an abundance of possible trade scenarios are being reported every day. The newest prospective trade comes from an ESPN report that the Los Angeles Angels will make an incredibly savvy move to bolster their bullpen by acquiring San Diego Padres closer Huston Street. It is still unclear who the Padres would be receiving in return.
Acquiring Street is exactly what the Angels need for the stretch run. After former closer Ernesto Frieri‘s struggles to start the season, current closer Joe Smith has done a respectable job for the Angels accumulating 15 saves, but Smith does not have as consistent of a track record as Street. One would have to think the Angels would opt for the experience of Street to close out games and send Smith back to the eighth inning where he has also excelled at times in his career.
The Angels head into the second half of the season with the second best record in baseball at 57-37, and trail their in-division rival Oakland Athletics by 1.5 games for the AL West. Oakland made significant improvements to their starting rotation by acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel before the break, and it is likely the Angels’ move for Street is just their first in response.
Street has been excellent this season for a floundering Padres club. The 30-year-old is 1-0 with a 1.09 ERA and has converted 24 saves. There is no doubt he would relish an opportunity to help the Angels chase down the A’s, considering Street started his career in Oakland and did not leave on friendly terms after being traded shortly after the end of the 2008 season to the Colorado Rockies.