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Los Angeles Angels trade paves way for Huston Street

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Los Angeles Angels are stepping up their pursuit of the American League West division title after transferring four Minor League prospects for one of the best closers in the business: Huston Street.

Angels traded Taylor Lindsey, R. J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elloit Morris to San Diego for their prized asset Street as well as Trevor Gott.

30-year-old Street has bags of experience and has performed exceptionally well for the Padres this season. The two-time All-Star has played 33 times this season and notched up 24 saves from 25 opportunities.

According to MLB.com, Street possesses the highest save percentage (92.5%) since the start of the 2012 season.

The closer plays a one innings shootout and very rarely loses. In his 33 innings in 2014, Street has conceded just four runs, three of them homers, with an ERA of just 1.09.

Although Street plus the unknown Gott, who pitched just 1 1/3 innings for the Padres this season, for four Minor League players seems like a sweet deal for the Angels, they have had to sacrifice nearly half of their top 10 prospects.

According to MLB.com at the beginning of the 2014 season Lindsey, 22, was rated as the Angels No. 2 highest prospect with the other three joining him in the top 10.

The Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto admitted he may live to regret the decision if any of the four prospects prosper at the Padres in the coming years.

Speaking to MLB.com, Dipoto wanted to focus on the positives of the trade: “Huston brings us a quality ninth-inning presence that really enhances our team.

“I don’t want to call him [Street] a luxury, he is a quality Major league player that comes and makes our team better.”

Street will earn $7 million this season and another $7m as part of a club option next year.

Dipoto added that Street will slot into the Angels closer role and current closer Joe Smith (15 saves) will be shifted into a reliever role.

Smith was the Angels’ closer last night in their tense 3-2 extra-innings victory over Seattle Marlins. The game went all the way to an 16th inning before Efren Navarro hit a double to enable Mike Trout to give the Angels a walk-off win.

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