The Los Angeles Angels acquired closer Huston Street in a trade with the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Los Angeles received Street and prospect Trevor Gott for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon, and Elliot Morris.
Street has been one of the best ninth inning options so far this season. He has 24 saves this season in 25 opportunities and holds a stellar 1.09 ERA in 33 games with the struggling Padres.
Street is fifth on the active save list and is 31st overall. The 30-year-old closer has been apart of four different clubs, Oakland, Colorado, San Diego, and now Los Angeles. Over the past 10 seasons Street has converted 109 of his last 117 save chances, which is the best mark in the major leagues over that span.
For the Angels, who currently stand 1 1/2 games back of the American League West leading Oakland Athletics, they are gaining some much needed help to a bullpen that has struggled at times this season. Ernesto Frieri started as the closer, but was awful, having an 0-3 record with an ERA above 6.00. Joe Smith filled in for over the past month and collected 15 saves and did a good job. Smith will likely be moved into the eighth inning role, leaving the ninth for Street, which makes the back end of the Angels bullpen solid.
Gott has spent most his season between Single-A and Double-A. He appeared in 39 games and has a 2-4 record with 16 saves and a 3.56 ERA. He was also chosen as a midseason California League All-Star.
Lindsey was the 37th overall pick by the Angels back in 2010 and was rated as the teams top prospect by Baseball America. In over four minor league seasons, he has a .289 batting average with 43 home runs and 209 RBI.
Alvarez has gone 7-4, with five saves in over two minor league seasons.
Rondon was signed as an international free agent and has played over 200 minor league games and has batted .300 with 146 runs and 116 RBI.
Morris has appeared in 28 games, making 18 starts, and has gone 7-6 with a 3.43 ERA.
With the trade that Oakland made earlier in the month for pitcher Jeff Samardzija, in hopes of separating from Los Angeles, this is seemingly a move that the Angels needed to make in order to keep pace with the A's for the remainder of the season. Both moves will certainly make for an interesting race, and finish in the American League West.
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