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Padres trade for closer Huston Street

Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 3:17 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- The San Diego Padres have acquired closer Huston Street from the Rockies in a trade, the Rockies announced on their official Twitter feed. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler has learned it is for a player to be named later. The move marks a salary dump for the Rockies, as the Padres will pay the majority of Street's $7.5 million in 2012.

The biggest factor in the Rockies making this move was clearing salary to go after starting pitching, Scott Miller of CBSSports.com notes. Just to throw a name out there, the Rockies were said to be interested in free agent Roy Oswalt earlier this offseason.

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The Padres have had pretty good continuity at the back-end of the bullpen for a generation. Trevor Hoffman became the closer in 1994, racking up 552 saves for the Padres. When he departed, Heath Bell slid right in without missing a beat, saving 132 games in the past three seasons. So Street has a tall order to live up to what the San Diego faithful are used to in the ninth inning.

Street, 28, has been closing games since winning AL Rookie of the Year back in 2005 for the A's. In seven seasons, he has 178 career saves. He had 29 saves in 33 chances in 2011 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.22 WHIP with 55 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings.

Street will definitely benefit from the change in locale. He has a career 4.11 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field. In a small sample of 11 1/3 innings, Street has never allowed an earned run in San Diego's spacious Petco Park.

As far as the Rockies' closing situation, they feel comfortable with having Rafael Betancourt take over. The 36-year-old right-hander had eight saves with a 2.89 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings last season.

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Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:25 am
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

good riddance rockies. this midget is on his way out of the league, he has one out pitch and we all know what it is. good guy, predictable pitcher.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

Great Job Houston.  You will be missed.  One of only a few closers that made a mark in Rockies history.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:41 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

Huston Street is not a sinker ball pitcher.....far from it. He is a fly ball pitcher who gets hitters to hit groundballs when he is in a groove. Sadly, he lost that groove...which led to his exit from Oakland and his trade to Colorado. Does acquiring a pitcher who is known for giving up alot of flyballs and homeruns (in a very cavernous ballpark) a smart move by the Rockies? I don't know much about Petco Field, but if it's anything like the Oakland Coliseum then Street will feel right at home.....meaning he will continue to give up flyballs and homeruns!



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

Sounds like the precursor for acquiring Wandy Rodriguez from Houston. Freeing up $7.5 mil to trade for a starter making #10 million. We know the Rockies want him and were willing to pay the salary. Ed Wade wanted top prospects too but Wade is gone now and the Astros seem desperate to rid themseles of the last three big salaries on the roster.



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Padres trade for closer Huston Street


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Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

Glad he is gone, this "sinker ball pitcher" that gives up a ton of fly balls.  Street's ball only moves on the same plane and he doesn't strike out enough to compensate. Watching him last year was painful.  I see his numbers and I am always shocked that they are as good as they are.   



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

I just read that The Padres are only paying 1 Mil of this contract.  If true it's a new brainer.  The Padres, who probably won't contend can trade him at the deadline - or before - to acquire needed help.  Where are The RedSox at this time?  They could have swept in and made this deal for 1M - if it's at all true!  Sox haven't made any moves - surprised me!  Hope Ben C and Bob V get some help from Larry L.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

The Rockies closer will be Rex Brothers before June.




Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

........Why?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:39 pm
 

Padres trade for closer Huston Street

I cant wait for the Rockies to tee off against Street in the 9th. He is famous for giving up at least 1 bomb almost every time he pitches. Although he will do better in Petco Park. He has a lot of work to do to try to turn things around. If there are runners in scoring position they will still score.


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