Angels acquire Street from Padres
The MLB Trade Deadline is inching closer and teams will be making deals they believe will be beneficial in the short-term and long-term. One specific area that clubs look to strengthen is the bullpen, as closing out games becomes crucial this time of the season.
The Los Angeles Angels have dealt with issues in their bullpen, and they decided now is the perfect time to acquire a proven closer.
The Angels have acquired reliever Huston Street and right-hander Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres by sending second base prospect Taylor Lindsey, shortstop Jose Rondon, reliever R.J. Alvarez and right-hander Elliot Morris to San Diego.
Street has been one of best closers in MLB by going 24-for-25 in save opportunities with a 1.09 ERA through 33 innings pitched. He has struck out 34 batters and walked only seven, while surrendering three home runs. He has a great WHIP of 0.76 and his SO/9 is 9.3.
He limits the opposition to a .158 batting average, and right-handed batters are hitting just .131 against him. He remains dominant with runners in scoring position, as indicated by teams hitting .067 in this situation.
The Angels began the season with Ernesto Frieri as their closer, but he struggled by going 11-for-14 in save opportunities with a 6.39 ERA and eight home runs allowed. Los Angeles traded Frieri on July 27 to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Jason Grilli.
Grilli has pitched well for the Angels with a 1.29 ERA in eight games through seven innings pitched. This is a big improvement as he had a 4.87 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched for the Pirates with four blown saves in 15 chances.
The current closer for the Angels is Joe Smith and he has been remarkable, going 15-for-19 in save opportunities with a 2.27 ERA across 43.2 innings pitched. Smith has a 0.89 WHIP and the teams are hitting .192 against him.
The acquisition of Street will allow Smith to take his previous role as set-up guy in the bullpen. This is also a smart move looking ahead for the Angels as Street is owed $7 million this season and his contract includes a $7 million team option for 2015.
Los Angeles trails the Oakland Athletics by 1.5 games in the American League West, and this move will definitely aid in their pursuit of winning the division.