By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 18, 2014
There is no question that the San Diego Padres will deal closer Huston Street before the July 31 trade deadline. At this point, it is just a matter of where he will land. There are at least five teams that have shown an interest in Street’s services for the second half of the 2014 MLB season. Here’s a look at the top five landing spots for the right-hander.
The San Francisco Giants are said to be interested in Street. However, they appear more interested in landing a starting pitcher than a reliever. The reality is San Francisco’s bullpen is in pretty good shape as they have the fourth-best ERA (2.82) in the majors. Nonetheless, a competitive race for the NL West crown down the stretch may force the Giants to consider all possibilities. Any team with 13 blown saves has to explore all options.
Like the Giants, the Baltimore Orioles are more eager to improve the starting rotation above anything else. Also like the Giants, the Orioles aren’t in desperate need of shifting roles in the bullpen. With that being said, a four-game lead in the AL East won’t last in the second half if Baltimore doesn’t make a move at the deadline. Trading for Street could be the difference maker they’re looking for.
With the NL Central race tightening up, the Pittsburgh Pirates have not ruled out the possibility of acquiring Street. In fact, the team is very eager to get their hands on a talented arm to bolster the bullpen. With 15 blown saves this season, there might not be a team that is more desperate for a closer than Pittsburgh, which has to intrigue the Padres.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been in contention all season. GM Doug Melvin stated he would like to improve the pitching staff, and that’s really the only thing he’s concentrating on prior to the deadline. Rumors have it that the Brewers are interested in Street, although they might not be willing to give up the necessary package to land him. Rickie Weeks is definitely someone who could be on the out.
As of right now, there is no team more interested in acquiring Street than that of the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels know that if they want any chance of competing with the talented Oakland Athletics down the stretch they will need to make a significant move at the deadline. Street is a game changer, especially for a Los Angeles team that has blown 12 saves and has a bullpen ERA of 3.89.
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