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Report: Two clubs interested in Huston Street

Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 12:45 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

This just in: Rockies closer Huston Street is on the trade market. Yeah, you've heard that before. So let's dive right into the latest rumor.

The Orioles and Blue Jays are taking a look at the right-handed closer, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Rosenthal also throws Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie in the mix as a possible match. It's worth noting there are likely a lot more than two teams interested in Street, but we're just talking about this particular rumor for now.

The Blue Jays' name being here is pretty obvious. They don't have an established closer and are looking like they have a shot at contending in 2012. So let's just focus on the Orioles part.

Hot Stove
The O's do have Jim Johnson and Kevin Gregg in house. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter reportedly wants Johnson in the rotation and it's very reasonable to believe the Orioles don't want to leave Kevin Gregg as the closer. It was pretty stupid to sign him in the first place, but what's done is done and it's a new administration. Moving forward, Street could help the Orioles fill a need, if Johnson is indeed moved to the rotation.

Street, 28, saved 29 of 33 chances last season with a 3.86 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. He's been one of the better closers in baseball a few seasons, but consistency has been an issue. Still, he's better than Gregg, there's no question about that.

Johnson, 28, was a valuable member of the Orioles' bullpen last season, saving nine games with a 2.67 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 91 innings.

Meanwhile, the Rockies could use starting pitching help and Guthrie is a fit. He has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the past three seasons. He's had a good ERA three of the past five seasons, but his win-loss record is awful due to playing for the Orioles. On a good team, he's definitely got the chance to be a serviceable middle-of-the-rotation guy. And if the Rockies deal Street, they feel comfortable with Rafael Betancourt as the closer.

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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Report: Two clubs interested in Huston Street

As a Die Hard Rockies fan there has to be more to this then Guthrie from the Orioles. Just what do the Blue Jays have They have got to have at least 1 better pitcher that could throw 200 innings thats just what the Rockies need.



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Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:04 pm
 

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Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Report: Two clubs interested in Huston Street

I know Gregg is an adventure, but compared to what my Blue Jays had in the closer role this year, I'd take him back in a minute



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Report: Two clubs interested in Huston Street

KGregg is the worst closer in the show. every time he goes to the mound other teams start salivating


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