Huston Street goes to Angels in six-player trade

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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Huston Street is headed to the Angels. (USATSI)

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A trade that will send All-Star closer Huston Street to the Angels has been completed with the Padres. The deal was officially announced early Saturday morning, with Street and minor-leaguer Trevor Gott going to the Angels in exchange for Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

Street, 30, has converted 24 of 25 save opportunities this season with a 1.09 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 34 strikeouts against only seven walks in 33 innings pitched. A closer since his rookie year -- when he won the AL Rookie of the Year -- Street has saved 258 games in 300 chances (86 percent) in his career with a 2.87 ERA (148 ERA+). He's a two-time All-Star.

Street is also familiar with the AL West, having spent the first four seasons of his career with the Athletics.

The move puts Street in the closer role with Joe Smith, Kevin Jepsen and the recently-acquired Jason Grilli (1.29 ERA since the trade) possible setup options.

The Angels entered Friday night with the second-best record in all of the majors, but, among AL teams, only the Astros, White Sox and A's had blown more saves.

As for the Padres' return ...

Lindsey, 22, is hitting .247/.323/.400 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight homers, 30 RBI, 50 runs and seven steals in 75 games for Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He was a sandwich pick in the 2010 draft (37th overall) and was ranked as the 93rd best prospect in baseball by Baseball America heading into this season. He has only played second base or DH in the minors.

Rondon is a 20-year-old shortstop who is hitting .327/.362/.418 with 17 doubles, 5 triples, zero homers, 24 RBI, 40 runs and eight steals in High-A.

Alvarez is a 23-year-old right-handed reliever. He has a 0.33 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings at Double-A this season.

Morris, 22, is a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher who is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 85 1/3 innings across Low-A and High-A this season.

Back to the Angels' return, Gott is a 21-year-old right-handed reliever. In 39 outings for High-A (29 outings) and Double-A (10) he has 16 saves with a 3.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 43 innings.

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