Now that the San Diego Padres have signed Carlos Quentin to a three-year extension, who is next?
Word is that the club would like to wrap up right-handed closer Huston Street before the trade deadline. The club has a mutual option on Street for $9 million next season, but either side can opt out.
Street views himself as a free agent come October. However, he says he'd also like to remain with the Padres. "We're two totally different positions, in totally different positions," said Street of his and Quentin's situations.
"Every team needs leaders. I would love to be one of those leaders, love to be someone that the team sees a future in. At the same time, I'm a free agent at the end of the year. The best way to put it is, fair is fair. I'm always willing to work out a fair deal if it makes sense to both sides."
Street is putting up impressive numbers with the Padres this season.
Although Street is not on pace for a 40-save season, his success against hitters right now is unparalleled.
Street picked up his 16th save in as many attempts Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. In retiring the Rockies in order, Street extended his scoreless inning streak to 13 2/3. During that run, rival hitters are 2-for-42 (a .048 average), and Street has allowed three walks while striking out 20. That would be an on-base percentage of .111.
Ten of Street's 12 saves have been negotiated as 1-2-3 innings. Only twice has Street allowed a run in a save situation. Street's earned run average for 28 1/3 innings over 30 appearances is 0.95. Opposing hitters are batting .107 against Street this season with a .178 on-base percentage. He also has 38 strikeouts -- a rate of 12.1 per nine innings.