In Street deal, Padres three GMs receive four very good prospects
San Diego has a strange front office set-up but it worked in this case.
The Padres are employing a temporary three-headed GM set-up that carries the potential to be unwieldy and difficult. But the three manning the temporary trimuvirate received praise for the haul it extracted from the Angels for top closer Huston Street.
Street, of course, carried good value as easily the best pitcher (with the best contract) currently closing who was on the trade market, with his 1.09 ERA, 24 saves in 25 tries and $7-million 2014 salary (plus team friendly $7-million club option for '15). But the Padres' trio of execs still made the most of Street's nice start and resonable contract.
"Return for SD very strong," was the way one rival GM summed up the quartet of pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris and infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon who went to San Diego for Street and pitching prospect Trevor Gott.
Alvarez, according to the GM who's not involved in the deal,"could be a future closer," and has a "big arm." Alvarez, 23, is 7-4 with fives saves in two minor-league seasons.
Rondon, an international signee from Venezuela who's a .300 hitter in the minors, is a young shortstop "some on the Angels thought could be [Jean] Segura."
Morris is a "good arm that continues to improve."
Lindsey may be the biggest name (Baseball America rated him as the Angels' top prospect), but the rival GM didn't sound quite as enamored about him, calling the 22-year-old who has a .289 batting average and 43 homers in four seasons, an "Adam Kennedy type."
The GM suggested the Angels are "all in" on Street because there's "not much left" in a system that's been ranked at or near the bottom in recent years.
Anyway, the three-headed GM team in San Diego that was conceived after the unceremonious quick firing of Josh Byrnes will soon all be out (at least as the GMs there) as San Diego is expected to hire as its GM shortly after the July 31 trade deadline from among Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller, top MLB exec Kim Ng and Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler. In the meantime, though, A.J. Hinch, Omar Minaya and Fred Uhlman Jr. each did one-third of an excellent job.
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