Huston Street to the Mets: Should Sandy Alderson Pull the Trigger?
It's no secret that the Mets have the worst bullpen in baseball right now. Even with the consistent effort of Johan Santana and RA Dickey, the occasional good start by Jon Niese, and the one-off efforts of Chris Young and the now incapacitated Dillon Gee, the Mets still have lost more games that they should have won.
Sandy Alderson is going for a buyer's approach. Following last year's seller approach, which saw them getting rid of Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran for one top notch prospect and two fringe guys, Alderson has made it clear that he wants pieces that can contribute immediately. Among those things that he needs are a right-handed bat and a reliever.
The targets that catch Alderson's eye are as follows: Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez, Astros closer Brett Myers and reliever Brandon Lyon, Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, Athletics reliever Grant Balfour and Padres closer Huston Street.
Street is an interesting choice here, considering after he left Oakland, he called former manager and current Mets bench coach Bob Geren "my least favorite person in sports." However, it appears that Street is willing to bury the hatchet, as reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. In Street's words:
If I get to the Mets, that will be the first bug I go squash...You're going to have professional differences, I sometimes think had I been a little older and little more mature, perhaps I would have reacted differently to the decisions that affected me, I think I'm as much to blame for a lot of it...If I were to get traded to the Mets, it would be up to me to handle it and be professional, I play hard for my teammates, and he'd be my teammate again.
Why the sudden change of heart? Why is Street, who held a grudge against Geren for so long, willing to make up for his mistakes?
Considering the position the Padres are in, which is close to dead last in the NL West, Street willing to give up his personal convictions means that he wants to win, even at the cost of humility.
Alderson should definitely look into Street. The former College World Series Most Outstanding Player and American League Rookie of the Year will definitely solidify a bullpen whose offseason additions have done nothing but blow up in the Mets' faces.
Street will provide stopgap relief and, should Terry Collins and Alderson be unsatisfied with Frank Francisco and Bobby Parnell, will give them a solid closer for a couple of years. In fact, when I did my early season Closer Rankings, I ranked him 12th. Street may have increased his ranking due to his performance and the injuries that have decimated the top 10.
One thing is for certain, If Alderson wants to win, he had better have some serious consideration for Street. A guy who is willing to sacrifice his personal feelings in exchange for a chance to contend is a Godsend, and Alderson should do what he can, short of dealing Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey, in order to get him.
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