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Friday, July 18, 2014

Angels bringing on Huston Street

The Angels and Padres have agreed to a six-player trade that will send All-Star closer Huston Street to Los Angeles, sources told ESPN Baseball Insider Jim Bowden on Friday.
In return, the Padres will receive second baseman Taylor Lindsey, right-hander R.J. Alvarez, shortstop Jose Rondon and another minor leaguer from the Angels, sources said. Los Angeles also will acquire a minor-league player in the deal.

Looks like the Angels have found the Street that leads to the playoffs.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: July 18, 2014 at 11:48 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zachtoma Posted: July 19, 2014 at 01:47 AM (#4754176)
The early reaction is that the Pads got a great haul, and they did, but I like this for the Angels too. Lindsey looks like a marginal starting 2B-man, and the Angels have Kendrick, the other guys are basically lottery tickets - in return they get one of the best closers in baseball, I think this sets them up for a deep playoff run, they have the roster to win the World Series. They don't necessarily need another starter, if Wilson pitches better in the 2nd half, and Skaggs pitches to his peripherals, those two and Weaver/Richards make a decent if unremarkable playoff rotation.
   2. Urkel's Boner Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4754184)
Where is the sidearmer that used to pitch
When a three-run-or-less lead was the sitch'
Indeed your closing days are done
Oh Joe Smith, fantasy baseball hardly knew ye
   3. A New Leaf Awakens (Black Hawk Reign of Terror) Posted: July 19, 2014 at 03:15 AM (#4754193)
Lindsey is Todd Walker at best. Well, if he's good defensively, Adam Kennedy at best, which would be a good result. At worst he's Warren Morris or something. Rondon ... hard to say, his offensive value is very wrapped up in his average, and with no patience, but that can work for a middle infielder. Alvarez has been lights-out.

I think we gave up too much for Street, though Street is good, and adds depth where it is most needed.
   4. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: July 19, 2014 at 04:07 AM (#4754198)
I'm good with this trade. Yes, the Angels gave up a bunch too much in terms of prospects, but this is a team that is wired to win now, today, and Street can help make that happen. Not only that, but the Angels didn't give up anyone else who might help them win this season, so that's a big plus. With Street joining Thatcher and Grilli, that shores up the one big problem spot for the team. I'm happy with this.
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: July 19, 2014 at 08:46 AM (#4754216)
Does this tell us much about the market for a reliable closer? He has a $7m team option for 2015, which makes him more attractive.

It seems like a pretty good haul for a closer. If the Red Sox were to deal Uehara (who is a FA after 2014), how would the return compare? Is the 2015 option the real difference here?
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: July 19, 2014 at 09:07 AM (#4754223)
I think, in the abstract, Koji would have slightly more trade value.
   7. boteman Posted: July 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4754240)
So back-of-the-envelope, is this the final piece to fix the Angels' bullpen? It was basically Frieri and now that problem is solved? Or are there other dark corners needing attention?

And are the Athletics now worried?
   8. The District Attorney Posted: July 19, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4754245)
It's a shame, just because Smith was doing really well, and it would have been nice to see him get some attention. Of course, he makes five million bucks a year.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: July 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4754246)
Where is the sidearmer that used to pitch
When a three-run-or-less lead was the sitch'
Indeed your closing days are done
Oh Joe Smith, fantasy baseball hardly knew ye


Smith had 10 saves in the past month. I'm slightly surprised that the Angels paid the premium for a proven closer™ rather than just let Smith close and expend less resources and bolster their bullpen in other ways (although that is easier said than done).

Speaking of fantasy baseball, do people thing it is 100% that Benoit inherits the chair in San Diego? If not, or if he is also traded, is Thayer the next in line?
   10. puck Posted: July 19, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4754300)
I hope this works out better than the last time the Angels acquired an ex-Rockies closer.
   11. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: July 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM (#4754308)
Speaking of fantasy baseball, do people thing it is 100% that Benoit inherits the chair in San Diego? If not, or if he is also traded, is Thayer the next in line?

There is also Alex Torres, who can K a lot of dudes, but also walk a lot.
   12. tshipman Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4754346)
in return they get one of the best closers in baseball


??? They got Huston Street, a guy with an unsustainable .195 BABIP this year. He's had a good 30 innings, but he's far from one of the best closers in baseball.

Seems like a bad deal to me: the Angels paid retail for a guy who may not be that good for them.

   13. Matt Welch Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4754354)
Seems too steep for 1.5 years of relief pitching. Now nobody in the system to replace Aybar when he leaves in 2017. Grant Green has to replace Kendrick in 2016, and he might not ever play good enough D there; otherwise you're praying for Alex Yarbrough to be ready at 24.
   14. theboyqueen Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4754355)
Yeah what's so special about Huston Street? Other than his rookie year and the first half of this year he's been pretty average.
   15. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4754361)
A 148 career ERA+ is average? He's a notch below the truly elite Kimbrel/Uehara closers, but Street is solidly in the next group, with Sergio Romo and Joe Nathan and K-Rod and Rafael Soriano.
   16. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 19, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4754364)
It's a shame, just because Smith was doing really well & is on gef's fantasy team.


Fixed to add the most important aspect of the situation.
   17. boteman Posted: July 19, 2014 at 04:06 PM (#4754402)
Missed opportunities:

Angels Ride Huston Street To Playoffs

Angels Turn On To Huston Street, Pay Big Toll

Huston Street Paves Way For Angels
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: July 19, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4754403)
A 148 career ERA+ is average? He's a notch below the truly elite Kimbrel/Uehara closers, but Street is solidly in the next group, with Sergio Romo and Joe Nathan and K-Rod and Rafael Soriano.
And not only that, Street is dramatically better than the collection of Salas, Kohn, Jepsen, Bedrosian, etc. Again, the Angels are looking to win in 2014 and 2015. Pujols, Hamilton, Aybar, Weaver, Kendrick, and Wilson are in their prime or just past, so anything beyond that timeframe is a problem to be dealt with then and not now. Street helps with that timeline, and adding another very good reliever to help with what was the biggest weakness on the team is going to help with that.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 19, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4754423)

Does this tell us much about the market for a reliable closer? He has a $7m team option for 2015, which makes him more attractive.

It seems like a pretty good haul for a closer. If the Red Sox were to deal Uehara (who is a FA after 2014), how would the return compare?


I hope so. I'd love to see the Royals deal one of Wade Davis or Greg Holland, both of whom should earn about $7 million next year.
   20. The District Attorney Posted: July 19, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4754527)
Speaking of fantasy baseball, do people thing it is 100% that Benoit inherits the chair in San Diego?
Apparently. (Although don't be overly shocked if he gets traded too.)

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