Angels’ Best Trade Deadline Deals: Huston Street
Picking up pitching at the trade deadline is always a hit or miss deal. That is especially true when it comes to relief pitching.
In 2014, the Angels found themselves in the playoff hunt and were struggling with their relief corps. To fix their issues, they went out and acquired a proven closer in Huston Street.
In his third season with San Diego, Street was authoring a career season, throwing 33 innings and posting 24 saves, a 1.09 ERA, and a 9.3 K/9. In the process, he made the National League All-Star team and became a tremendous trade target for the Halos.
The Angels sent four prospect to the Padres to acquire Street’s services, and also received back prospect Trevor Gott.
In his first 26.1 innings for the Angels, Street posted a 1.71 ERA and 17 saves, helping the Angels reach the postseason. As a reward for his efforts, Street was given a two-year extension from the Halos.
He returned in 2015 and was once again solid, accruing 40 saves over his 62.1 innings of work with a 3.18 ERA and an 8.2 K/9. Knee issues sapped him in 2016 and held him to only 30 appearances over his final two seasons in Anaheim.
As an added bonus, the Angels then flipped Gott to the Washington Nationals in December 2015, bringing back Yunel Escobar in the process.