San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Huston Street pitches against the Houston Astros at PETCO Park. Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Padres closer is having an excellent season; now he's locked up for at least two more years.
San Diego Padres closer Huston Street, who has been having an excellent, if under-the-radar season (0.91 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 17 saves, no blown saves), could have been considered an attractive trade acquisition by any one of a number of teams.
That won't happen, not after this announcement by the Padres Sunday morning:
Street is making $7.5 million this season -- a relative bargain compared to certain other closers who aren't doing nearly as well. He and the team had a mutual option for $9 million for 2013; that's been scratched, presumably in exchange for the security of the multi-year deal.
Street doesn't get as much attention as some other closers who pitch in bigger markets or for better teams than the Padres. But it can be argued he's been the best closer in baseball this season, and healthy as well. At 28, he could still be a key part of a rebuilt Padres team in a couple of years; this is a good signing, and -- at least for now -- takes him off the trade market.
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