The deal is finally done! The Angels have acquired closer Huston Street from the San Diego Padres in a six-player trade.
Street will arrive in Anaheim, while San Diego’s 2013 sixth-round draft choice Trevor Gott comes with him and will likely be assigned to the minors. The Friars will receive shortstop prospect Taylor Lindsey, who was the Halos’ top-rated prospect, along with 23-year-old right-hander R.J. Alvarez, the Angels fourth-rated prospect. Jose Rondon, a shortstop, and another minor-leaguer will go to the Padres.
Street, 30, is one of the best relievers in the game. In 2014, Huston has a 1.09 ERA, a 9.3 K/9, a 1.9 BB/9, and a 42.5% groundball rate. But perhaps the biggest stat of all is the one the Angels bullpen is in dire need of: zero inherited runners have scored on him. Street also owns a 2.90 FIP. So his stuff is for real, no doubt.
Another point of appeal is the fact that Street is signed through this season at $7MM, and also has a $7MM club option for 2015. So this time around, the Angels will be getting more than just a rental. The team has fortified the back end of their bullpen through next season.
Trevor Gott, 21, the piece coming with Street, has a 4.63 ERA, a 8.5 K/9, and a 6.9 BB/9 in 11 2/3 innings at Double-A. He also had a 3.16 ERA, a 8.9 K/9, and a 2.6 BB/9 in 31 1/3 innings at High-A. Gott was not ranked among the Padres’ top prospects.
Lindsey, 22, was picked in the sandwich round of the 2010 draft, and was ranked 93 on Baseball America’s top-100 prospect list. In his first season at Triple-A, Lindsey was hitting .247/.323/.400 with eight home runs and seven stolen bases.
Alvarez has allowed just one earned run in 27 innings, with a 12.7 K/9, and a 3.3 BB/9 at Double-A Arkansas. For an organization like the San Diego Padres, Alvarez may be their closer of the future.
Rondon, 20, is from Venezuela, and was rated as the Halos’ 12th-best prospect. At High-A, he held onto a .327/.362/.418 slash line in 324 plate appearances.
Back to Huston Street, he is the fourth reliever the Halos have acquired in the last month. The others are Joe Thatcher, Jason Grilli, and Rich Hill, who has since been released. The Angels bullpen is just getting deeper, and deeper.