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Huston Street Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher’s Knee and Return

The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday they placed closer Huston Street on the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee.

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Street Avoids Serious Injury

Tuesday, Aug. 2 

The Angels announced Street’s MRI “showed inflammation” in his knee, but “no structural damage.” They noted the closer received a cortisone injection to decrease the inflammation.  

Knee Problems Add to Disappointing Year for Street

Street is coming off his worst appearance of the season. He allowed five earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on July 31.

The 33-year-old is also having the worst season of his MLB career. According to FanGraphs, his 6.45 ERA is 12th-highest among relievers with at least 20 innings pitched, while his 6.40 FIP is seventh-worst.

In an interview with the Los Angeles TimesMike DiGiovanna on July 17, Street said some of his issues on the mound stemmed from coming back too early from a strained oblique that hampered him earlier in the year:

I don’t regret anything because when I came back, the bullpen needed me. But at end of the day, you can’t escape sometimes when you rush back from an injury and you don’t do all the rehab. That was totally my decision. I didn’t think an oblique would affect me that much. But I have a second half to fix the season. I’ve always had one stretch where I’ve gone 10 straight scoreless outings. If I do that once in second half and pitch like I have my whole career, I’ll end up with an ERA in the twos.

Street’s absence is unlikely to have a major impact on the Angels. The team is already well out of the playoff hunt in the American League West.

The silver lining is that Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia can insert Cam Bedrosian in at closer. In 43 appearances, Bedrosian has a 0.92 ERA and 48 strikeouts. Street’s injury removed the only possible barrier to the 24-year-old handling ninth-inning duties.

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Huston Street Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Angels Star

With the Los Angeles Angels struggling this season at 43-55 and falling out of the postseason race, the team could become sellers before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. A player like closer Huston Street could find himself dangled in trade talks and will be an attractive target for teams.

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Giants Reportedly Interested in Street

Monday, July 25

Street is a potential target for the San Francisco Giants, as the team looks to bolster its bullpen before the trade deadline, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle

However, as With around $2.8 million still owed to Street this season and $9 million for 2017, the Angels would surely have to eat a big chunk of that contract to facilitate a deal given Street’s struggles.”

Indeed, Street has been poor this season. The 32-year-old is 3-1 with a 5.03 ERA, 1.93 WHIP, 11 strikeouts and 11 walks in 19.2 innings pitched. He’s notched eight saves in 10 opportunities. 

Those numbers are in stark contrast to what Street accomplished in the previous two seasons, as he accumulated 41 saves in 2014 and 40 saves last year, blowing eight saves in total between the two campaigns. 

Coming into the 2016 season, Street had notched six seasons with at least 25 saves and was established as one of the better closers in baseball. He hasn’t lived up to that reputation this year, however, though suitors needing bullpen help may be hoping that he can rekindle his elite form from years past. 

Street did miss a month with an oblique injury and time in July with a hamstring injury, so he hasn’t been fully healthy in 2016, which could be a factor in his struggles. If he can stay healthy, he would be a nice piece in the bullpen for a team making a postseason run, though inquiring clubs may see him as more of a setup man or late-innings option rather than a closer given his struggles this year.


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Huston Street Injury: Updates on Angels RP’s Leg and Return

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Huston Street exited Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles with a leg injury. 

According to Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times, “some leg issue” was hobbling Street, who did not want to exit his outing after giving up a home run to J.J. Hardy.

Moura noted the Angels gave him one more batter to face, but Street walked Adam Jones before the team pulled him.    

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Street Battling Injuries Again in 2016

Sunday, July 10

In 20 appearances this season before Sunday, Street was 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA in just 17.1 innings. He’s never had an ERA lower than 3.73 over his 12-year career.

It’s hardly the follow-up season the Angels expected from him after 40 saves last year. 

But his drop in numbers could have a lot to do with previous injury troubles. On April 28, he went on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. He missed more than a month, returning to the mound for the Angels on May 31. 

Seeing Street play limited innings is nothing new. He hasn’t hit the 70-inning plateau since 2008, when he was with the Oakland Athletics.

Heading into June, though, Street had an ERA under 1.00, and on June 9, it dropped to 0.82 after a clean eighth inning against the New York Yankees. However, a blown save against the Cleveland Indians two days later—he allowed three earned runs in that game—began the ascent of his ERA. 

He blew a 2-1 lead against the Houston Astros on June 21, allowing two earned runs, and he gave up three more to the Astros eight days later:

Street’s season has made fans wonder about his baseball mortality, as the 32-year-old has also seen a dip in his velocity. 

According to FanGraphs, Street’s fastball has dropped to a career-worst average of 87.9 miles per hour. That’s a little more than three miles per hour slower than his velocity during his rookie season. 

If Street misses considerable time, the Angels will have to rely on Joe Smith and Fernando Salas to close out games while he recovers. But the front office might feel his time out even more, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register:

The Angels entered Sunday 16.5 games out of first place in the American League West, and they could have used Street as trade bait to bring in some young, fresh talent to start addressing the roster’s needs.

Now another injury could scare teams away from doing business. 


Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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Huston Street Injury: Updates on Angels Closer’s Oblique and Return

Los Angeles Angels closer Huston Street has not appeared in a game since April 23, and he’s headed to the disabled list with an oblique injury.

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Angels Fill Street’s Roster Slot

Friday, April 29

The Angels PR team announced Cam Bedrosian has been recalled from Triple-A to fill Street’s spot on the roster.

Street Remains Among Baseball’s Most Consistent Closers 

Fletcher said Joe Smith would assume the closing responsibilities if Street does eventually go on the disabled list, and the team would probably call up Al Alburquerque or Cam Bedrosian from the minor leagues to fill the vacated roster spot.

Street has been impressive in nine appearances this season with a 1.17 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and five saves in five save opportunities. While it is a small sample size, the ERA is more in line with what fans saw of Street the past few seasons than his 3.18 mark for the Angels in 2015:

Street played for the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Angels throughout his career and is a two-time All-Star and the 2005 American League Rookie of the Year. His 320 career saves are 18th in baseball history, per Baseball-Reference.com, which is a testament to his longevity and ability to come through with the game on the line for his team in the final inning.

The 32-year-old provides a reliable, veteran presence in the backend of the Angels bullpen and is one reason the team is only a game out of first place in the American League West through the early portion of the season.

The silver lining for Los Angeles is the fact Smith looked comfortable closing Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. He pitched a scoreless inning and allowed a single hit as he preserved the victory and moved the Angels back to .500 at 11-11.

Smith was used more in a setup role for Los Angeles last season and notched 32 holds, but he proved he was capable of finishing games in 2014 when he tallied 15 saves behind a sparkling 1.81 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. If he posts numbers like that while Street recovers, the Angels will likely still be well within striking distance in the division when the closer returns.

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Huston Street Injury: Updates on Angels Pitcher’s Groin and Return

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Huston Street was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners with a groin injury that will likely end his 2015 campaign.

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Street Ruled Out for Regular Season

Sunday, Sept. 27

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported Street was diagnosed with a Grade 1 left-groin strain and that he is hopeful he’d be available for the playoffs if the Angels make it.

Los Angeles hasn’t been eliminated from postseason contention yet, but Street’s injury could hamper the team’s quest to pull off the improbable.

Entering Saturday night’s 3-2 win over the Mariners, Street led the American League in saves with 40, and the team’s next-best option is rookie Trevor Gott.

On Sept. 21, an MRI confirmed that setup man Joe Smith had suffered a sprained ankle, per MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, and Smith only started playing catch again Saturday.

Scioscia is unsure whether Smith will be able to return, per the Orange County Register:

The chances of him getting back and pitching might be there, although there is a lot that has to happen before he’s out there pitching in a game. You are going to have to get him on the mound and see how he does. See how he recovers. He’s not at that point yet. There is more healing that has to take place.

Given the perceived severity of Street’s injury, Los Angeles is in deep trouble as it heads down the regular season’s home stretch.

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Ranking Los Angeles Angels’ Best All-Star Game Candidates

The 2015 MLB All-Star Game is taking place July 14 in Cincinnati. Fan voting for the starting lineups wraps up this week. There is still some time to get votes submitted for your favorite Los Angeles Angels players. However, only a few have a real shot at playing in the game this year.

Each team is required to receive at least one participant because of an asinine rule. Outside of that, an All-Star berth comes down to popularity and production. Here are the Angels’ top candidates to be named an All-Star in order of likelihood.


1) Mike Trout

No surprise here, as Trout leads all American League players in WAR.


2) Albert Pujols

A number of weeks ago, I wrote a Bold Predictions column in which I said Pujols would make the All-Star team. While most of the other predictions from that piece seem foolish now, this one I nailed.

Pujols has been on an absolute tear since May. He’s hit 20 home runs in the last two months alone. He has a 1.142 OPS during the month of June. He is even now up to second in the AL in WAR among first basemen. After such a shaky beginning to the season, Pujols is inarguably the team’s second-best player and is deserving of that All-Star bid that seemed so bold to predict just six weeks ago.


3) Huston Street

Sadly for Los Angeles fans, after Trout and Pujols, there is a real drop before the team’s third-best candidate. Street is that guy, but his chances of making the team are no sure thing.

Street is third in the AL with 21 saves. His peripherals also stack up nicely with his positional counterparts. The problem is there are a number of non-closers who have been much better than Street this year.

Dellin Betances and Wade Davis (besides picking up saves as injury replacements) have been untouchable middle relievers. The same goes for lesser names like Evan Scribner (41-to-3 strikeout-to-walk rate) or Darren O’Day.

The saves may get Street into the game anyway. Despite the progressive nature of baseball fans, that stat still matters in many circles.


4) Hector Santiago

The last player in Anaheim with any chance of making the All-Star game is Hector Santiago, and he likely doesn’t have much of a chance.

Santiago has been the team’s best starting pitcher this season and has solid figures across the board. Little else makes him a realistic All-Star, however. His record is just 4-4 in 15 starts and he’s given up 13 home runs this season.

Most pressing is the fact that there are simply too many elite arms in baseball right now.

His 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings mark is very good for a starting pitcher, but it puts him 13th in the AL this season among qualified pitchers. His 1.13 walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP) is also superb, but it doesn’t even put him in the top half-dozen among AL starters.

Santiago has had a good year, but it won’t likely be good enough to make the team. The mediocre play of the Angels will hurt him, as will his manager’s propensity to rejigger the rotation to save arms. It may be the smart play, but it doesn’t come off positively when your manager skips your turn in the rotation.

At 39-37 this season, Los Angeles has had a sloppy year. Getting four players into the All-Star Game is a little too much to ask. The Angels are guaranteed one All-Star and could potentially have more. That’s not too bad.


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Huston Street Trade Puts Angels 1 Giant Step Closer in AL West Hunt

During the All-Star break, Huston Street told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times he’d “love to” play for the Los Angeles Angels.

Wish granted.

On Friday, the Angels and San Diego Padres consummated a deal that will send Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott to the Halos, per Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

In return, the Padres get a package of prospects, including shortstop Taylor Lindsey and pitcher R.J. Alvarez—ranked by Baseball America prior to the season as the Angels’ best and fourth-best prospects, respectively—and shortstop Jose Rondon, per ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden.

Street immediately bolsters a bullpen that got off to a rocky start. On June 22, the Angels pen had posted a 4.48 ERA and blown 12 of 28 save opportunities. The relief corps has since steadied itself. Mike Morin, a 23-year-old right-hander called up in April, began blanking hitters. And Joe Smith supplanted Ernesto Frieri as closer.

On June 27, the Angels dealt Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates for another underperforming reliever, Jason Grilli.

As it turns out, that was merely a prelude to the main event.

Now, with the arrival of Street, the Angels have turned their biggest weakness into a strength.

Street posted a 1.09 ERA and converted 24 of 25 saves in the first half. At 30 years old, he’s still in the prime of his pitching career and has another year left on his contract, a team option, at a relatively affordable $7 million.

Los Angeles is locked in a tough race with the Oakland A’s, who went all-in with the blockbuster trade that brought pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel over from the Chicago Cubs.

By raiding their modestly stocked farm system to bring in Street and address their most glaring weakness, the Angels clearly showed they aren’t backing down.

And why would they? With a top-notch starting rotation and an offense anchored by Mike Trout, arguably the most exciting hitter in the game, the Halos are poised to make a run at their first championship in more than a decade.

Predictably, there are doubters. Keith Law tweeted his reservations about the Angels sacrificing Rondon, who was hitting .327 at High-A ball:

The bottom line, though, is that one of the best teams in the American League just added one of the best closers in all of baseball, mortgaging possible future glory for a clear shot now. And an AL West race that also includes the surprising Seattle Mariners just got a whole lot more interesting.

As for Street, look for him to settle quickly into his new home. A former member of the A’s, he’s familiar with the division and the Angels franchise.

“I was probably too young to realize how good he was at the time,” Street said of Angels skipper Mike Scioscia as trade speculation was heating up over the break, per Shaikin. “That’s one of the best managers, maybe, of all time. If I went there, I’d have a real chance to win.”

Now he has that chance. Time to see if he, and his new club, can take advantage.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Updating Latest Buzz on David Price, Jonathan Papelbon, More

As MLB teams head out of the All-Star break, the trade deadline will serve as the make-or-break point for plenty of clubs on the fringes of playoff contention.  The two weeks before the July 31 deadline should bring lots of intrigue and action as teams vacillate between buying and selling on a seemingly daily basis.

Because of the surprises in the standings throughout the league, plenty of teams that harbored postseason or even World Series aspirations at the beginning of the year could turn into sellers shortly.  While it’s unclear how much talent will actually move this month, the available players are enough to create more excitement than baseball fans have seen in years.

For those looking for the most recent scoops on the biggest names, check out the latest rumors surrounding players who could potentially shift the pennant race this summer.


Contenders for Price?

David Price will move out of Tampa eventually.  But with the Rays’ recent surge, the postseason is no longer a total improbability in the mediocre AL East, even as Tampa sits 9.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

The fact that Price is still under team control in 2015 could allow the Rays to wait until the offseason to deal the former Cy Young Award winner.  As ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports, Tampa would command a haul superior to what the Cubs received for Jeff Samardzija (subscription required):

The impression teams are getting is that if the Rays manage to get back in the playoff chase, they will hang on to Price, and if they don’t, they will trade him only if they get a better package than what the Chicago Cubs got for Jeff Samardzija, which eliminates a number of possible suitors. 

The Rays would be looking for an elite prospect and a top prospect in exchange for Price, and there are only a few organizations that have that type of package to offer, including the Los Angeles DodgersSt. Louis Cardinals, Cubs and Minnesota Twins, and the latter two teams aren’t really a fit for Price. (Both the Cubs and Twins have been adding prospects, not trading them.) 

It’s not unreasonable for the Rays to set their expectations high, as Price is a superior pitcher to Samardzija.  Even though the latter has experienced a breakout year, Price has produced more wins above replacement (3.0 to 2.4).

Still, it will be difficult for any team to match what the Cubs received for Samardzija in Addison Russell.  A package for Price would require a premium major league-ready prospect, such as the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson or St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez.  Even so, Price might not be willing to accept a trade unless it sends him to his preferred geographic location:

Ultimately, though Fangraphs gives the Rays just a 5.8 percent chance of reaching the postseason, they also give them the best projected record from now until the end of the season.  At the moment, Tampa seems likelier to hang onto the slim chance of surging into October rather than shutting down their window of contention.


Papelbon Going West?

Philadelphia Phillies’ general manger Ruben Amaro Jr. held onto delusions of contending headed into the season.  With his last-place Phillies at 42-53 and 10 games out of first place, however, it appears a fire sale is closer than ever to becoming reality.

One prime candidate to go would be closer Jonathan Papelbon.  The 33-year-old Papelbon does not have tremendous trade value because of his age and onerous contract.  However, at least one plugged-in reporter believes that the Los Angeles Dodgers could seek out Papelbon’s services:

It’s a bit unclear why the Dodgers would want to add Papelbon.  After a rough start, closer Kenley Jansen has rebounded to post nine consecutive scoreless appearances.  Moreover, his .391 BABIP and 1.87 FIP suggests some poor luck that will eventually correct itself and bring his 3.49 ERA down.

Nonetheless, Papelbon could be interested in joining the NL West leaders.  According to The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Matt Gelb, Papelbon recently hinted at frustration over the team’s losing and a willingness to accept a trade to a contender:

Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That’s mind-boggling to me. I think that’s a no-brainer.

You know, I came here for a reason…and I say that because I’m with a group of guys in the bullpen that can do very special things in the future. I’ve been waiting for that, you know what I mean? It’s fun to be a part of that, it really is. We are there finally with our bullpen. So that aspect of it would kind of [stink] to leave. But at the same time, winning is the cure-all of cure-alls.

Papelbon has had his best season for the Phillies, posting a 1.21 ERA thus far.  However, there are numerous alarms that regression is imminent—an 85.7 percent strand rate well above his career average, an overall increase in walks and decrease in strikeouts, a .232 BABIP that is 45 points below his career average and the fact that he has yet to allow a home run even in the bandbox of Citizens Bank Park. 

Still, someone is bound to take the leap based on Papelbon’s experience and reputation as a big-time playoff performer after his time in Boston.  The Dodgers don’t have a clear need, but they could at least absorb his salary without so much as blinking.


Bullpen Help for Angels?

The Los Angeles Angels have surged to the second-best record in baseball and are just 1.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the AL West lead.  With the A’s having made their big splash already, Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels could be readying an answer:

Street has been one of the few bright spots in an otherwise grisly season for the San Diego Padres, whose historically impotent offense has the team floundering at 41-54.  Though his sterling 1.09 ERA has been aided by a .195 BABIP, he has also increased his strikeouts, reduced his walks and induced worse contact.  A slight correction is likely coming, but Street is not turning into a pumpkin this summer.

For his part, Street appears tired of floundering on poor teams.  The 30-year-old has not pitched on a playoff team since the 2009 Colorado Rockies, and according to the Los Angeles Times‘ Bill Shaiken, Street would welcome the opportunity to play in Anaheim:

‘I would love it,’ he said.

Street cited the chance to ‘play with guys like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout’ as well as to play for Manager Mike Scioscia. Street broke into the major leagues with the Oakland Athletics from 2005-08, when the Angels won the American League West three times in four years.

The Halos have had bullpen issues for much of the season, a bullpen that ranks 27th in WAR.  Even with Joe Smith’s recent emergence to stabilize the closer position, Los Angeles ranks just 18th in bullpen WAR over the last 30 days.  The trio of Street, Smith and Kevin Jepsen would secure the final three innings for the Angels, turning arguably their greatest weakness into a strength.

The fickle year-to-year performance of relievers makes it harder to construct lockdown bullpens at the beginning of the season, but the trade-off is that acquiring help during the season is easier.  Acquiring Street and perhaps upgrading the back of the starting rotation would leave the Angels among the small handful of favorites for the World Series.


*All stats via Fangraphs.com.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Bartolo Colon, Chase Headley and More

While Major League Baseball’s All-Stars take the field on Tuesday night to celebrate the game, there are a lot of players anxiously waiting to find out where they will be after the July 31 trade deadline.

This is the time of year where fans and players are in perfect sync, pulling their hair out and biting their nails trying to determine if the latest rumor being floated out there is true or just due diligence by the team.

As we know from past years, most of what we see over the next two weeks will be a lot of smoke with little fire. That said, there’s a lot more smoke rising that needs to be talked about. Here are the hottest rumors floating around the MLB world.


Bartolo Colon Available for the Taking

Even though the New York Mets have had to dip into their pool of starting pitchers this season, general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t above making a bold move for a pitching-needy team if the price is right.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Colon has been put on the trade market ahead of the July 31 deadline.

The New York Mets have made right-hander Bartolo Colon available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, industry sources told ESPNNewYork.com.


Although general manager Sandy Alderson has suggested a surplus of arms can quickly be depleted through injury, the Mets do have an excess at the position.

Given the premium price that teams place on pitching, Colon makes a nice low-risk alternative if the Mets don’t overvalue him. The right-hander is three months into a two-year, $20 million contract, which is very reasonable for a starter who has been roughly league average in 2014.

Whether it’s to a division leader or a borderline playoff contender, Colon does represent a solid fallback plan for teams this summer. His success will be tied to the park and defense behind him, because the stuff doesn’t miss bats (127 hits allowed and 89 strikeouts in 121.2 innings), so an NL team or AL team in a big park would be the best options.


Chase Headley Maybe, Possibly Traded This Time Around

The San Diego Padres missed their window to maximize Chase Headley‘s trade value following the 2012 season, when the third baseman finished fifth in NL MVP voting, because they convinced themselves that outlier season was real and everything that had come before was a mirage.

Two years later, Headley‘s OPS has dropped 229 points since that breakout season. That’s hardly what he was hoping for in a contract year, nor does it give the Padres much leverage in trade discussions.

Those trade discussions are happening, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, with one of the surprise teams in the first half:

Headley doesn’t exactly fill Toronto’s need for a hitter with Edwin Encarnacion on the disabled list. What good does a player with a .646 OPS do? In case you thought Headley‘s numbers were skewed down by Petco Park, his OPS is lower on the road (.643) than at home (.649) in 2014.

The Padres have to do something with Headley this time around, unless they assume that this disastrous season will lower his value so much that they can afford an extension now.

The Blue Jays can use help at third base, especially with Brett Lawrie also on the disabled list, but if they want to make a serious playoff run, any move has to be impactful. Headley doesn’t fit that bill anymore.


Huston, We Have a Problem…

Speaking of the Padres, their most likely trade chip this summer seems like Huston Street. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the 30-year-old is on the market with the Los Angeles Angels keeping a close eye on him:

The Angels are among the teams looking at Padres star closer Huston Street, who still seems likely to be traded even after upper management expressed a desire to bring him back to San Diego next year.

We know the demand for relievers is high this time of year, and interested teams don’t have to give up impact prospects for relievers.

Of course, we are talking about San Diego. This is a franchise that continued to put a high price on Heath Bell’s head seemingly every year from 2007-11, so who knows what’s going to happen with Street.

The Bell situation did happen under a different regime—led by Kevin Towers from 2007-09, who is now doing a bang-up job in Arizona—but the Padres don’t have a general manager at the moment after firing Josh Byrnes on June 22.

Street’s been fantastic for the Padres this season with a 1.09 ERA, 0.758 WHIP, 18 hits allowed, 34 strikeouts and seven walks in 33 innings pitched. However, he doesn’t come cheaply at $7 million this season and, if an acquiring team doesn’t just want a rental, a $7 million team option for 2015.

The Angels need to address their bullpen this summer, ranking 20th in strikeout-to-walk ratio and 24th in relievers ERA this season. They have the motivation to make a move, currently sporting the second-best record in baseball, but finances and what they might give up are unclear.

After all, the Angels have been able to put together a 57-37 record thus far even with those bullpen struggles. How vital is it to add an expensive arm to that group?


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5 Overrated Trade Targets Your Team Should Avoid at All Costs

In reality, it only takes one team to overvalue, and, thus, overpay for a player on the trade market. But there’s always a group of players that’s viewed as having a certain value based on certain numbers, reputation and trade-market depth.  

For those reasons, certain players will be overrated, and some team will be taking a risk by acquiring them, even at fair market value.  

Unless the price somehow goes way down in the next 12 days, here are five overrated players whom your team should avoid acquiring before the trade deadline.

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