Huston Street Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Padres Star

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Huston Street Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Padres Star
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Updates from Saturday, July 19

The Padres officially announced they have sent Huston Street to the Angels in a six-player trade:

The San Diego Padres today announced that they have acquired infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon and right-handed pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for right-handed pitchers Huston Street and Trevor Gott.

The Padres provide comments from Street, who addressed the media following the trade:

Updates from Friday, July 18

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Padres and Angels are expected to announce a trade involving Huston Street:

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times provides more details on the trade:

Jim Bowden of ESPN initially reported the Padres and Angels were nearing a deal involving Street:

Rosenthal previously described how close the trade was to completion:

Updates from Wednesday, July 16

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Padres are still negotiating a potential trade involving Huston Street:

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Huston Street has been stellar during the 2014 MLB season, and that could lead the San Diego Padres to trade him while his value is at its peak.  

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Los Angeles Angels are interested in acquiring the All-Star closer:

The Los Angeles Angels, trailing the A's by 1-1/2 games, are trying to counter their division rivals by targeting both Padres All-Star closer Huston Street and right-hander Ian Kennedy, according to major league sources.

The teams have discussed Street, but their talks have yet to include Kennedy, sources say. In addition, a package deal might be difficult to complete with the Padres controlling both Street and Kennedy through 2015.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on other teams that have interest in Street:

The Pirates are said to be among other teams to check in on Street, with the Orioles andGiants mentioned in a speculative sense as possibilities. Both those teams seem more focused on starting pitchers, however. The Tigers have not indicated an interest in acquiring a new closer and seem content with veteran Joe Nathan at the moment.

Joe Smith is currently the Angels' closer. While he has been effective (15-of-19 in save opportunities), the right-hander is best suited for a role as a setup man. Adding Street into the mix would give the Angels one of the top bullpens in the American League.

Street has always been a consistent closer, saving 234 games prior to the start of this season. He has broken out in a big way, however, evidenced by his 1.09 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 0.758 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched. He has saved 24 of 25 games and has been a rock for the Padres in the back of the bullpen.

He is certainly deserving of the All-Star nod, and he and his family are all smiles about the selection: 

While some players choose to disregard trade rumors, Street has been open about his goals for the 2014 season. He spoke to Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown about the possibility of being traded:

"I’ve allowed myself to be open to whatever happens, happens.  Last year I definitely did not want to be traded. Now, my plan is to play for whatever uniform they put me in...I lean heavily toward the want-to-win side of the equation."

The Friars have already begun talking to other teams about their closer, reports Rosenthal: "The Padres likely will trade their potential free agents, third baseman Chase Headley and outfielder Chris Denorfia. They are taking offers for both Street and setup man Joaquin Benoit. But they are "lukewarm" on moving Kennedy, sources say."

Street will continue to close games effectively wherever he plays following the July 31 trade deadline. He has a history of success in the ninth inning, and even if he regresses a bit in the second half, Street still stands as one of the better closers in all of baseball.

Any move to ship Street would obviously shake up San Diego's situation at closer. At 41-54 and a dozen games out of first in the NL West, perhaps the team would turn to Joaquin Benoit to fill Street's spot. Benoit saved 24 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and leads the Padres with 16 holds in 2014.

 

Follow Kenny DeJohn on Twitter: @KennyDeJohn_BR

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