The Los Angeles Angels continued their bullpen makeover Friday night when they reached an agreement to acquire veteran reliever Huston Street from the San Diego Padres in a six-player trade, baseball sources told Yahoo Sports.
As the deal was constructed, the Angels would send four minor leaguers – second baseman Taylor Lindsey, right-handed pitcher R.J. Alvarez, infielder Jose Rondon and another prospect – to the Padres in exchange for Street and minor-league right-hander Trevor Gott, a sixth-round selection from 2013. Lindsey and Alvarez are top-10 prospects for the Angels.
Leading to the July 31 trading deadline, the Angels have sought to rebuild their bullpen, with Street, the veteran closer who has converted 24-of-25 save opportunities for the Padres this season, the most critical addition.
Already, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto had acquired right-hander Jason Grilli from the Pittsburgh Pirates and left-hander Joe Thatcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks over eight days in late June and early July.
Street has a 1.09 ERA in 33 appearances. He is due the remainder of $7 million in 2014 with a club option for $7 million in 2015. For his skills and relatively inexpensive contract, Street was among the more attractive bullpen pieces on the market.
Joe Smith, signed by the Angels as a set-up man last winter, has been the club’s regular closer since late June. In 12 appearances since, Smith has 10 saves and has not allowed a run over 11 1/3 innings. The Angels likely would return Smith to the eighth inning.
Though the Angels’ bullpen has been better for several weeks, it was a vulnerable area for the club in the early going. Broader, the Angels’ inability to add or develop bullpen arms has been a primary reason they failed to reach the playoffs for four consecutive years.