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Angels acquire closer Huston Street from Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 19, 2014 at 3:37 am •  Published: July 19, 2014
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris in a trade on Friday night.

Street (1-0) has 24 saves in 25 opportunities and a 1.09 ERA in 33 games this season.

"Were it not for the fact that we had the ability to control Huston for a year and two months, it would have been far more difficult to justify giving up the type of package that we gave up to get him," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We had to get a guy like Trevor Gott included in the deal to replace some of that lost value.

"Huston's 30 years old, and arguably having his best season as a major leaguer," Dipoto added. "He's been one of the more consistent closers in baseball over time and one of the highest percentage conversion guys in the league for a number of years. I feel really strong about his character and what he brings to the clubhouse. It really deepens the back end of our bullpen and it gives us the opportunity to make games shorter."

Street was unavailable to the Padres during their 5-4 home loss to the New York Mets on Friday night. San Diego (41-55) is in third place in the NL West, 12 games off the pace.

"Losing is a miserable experience," Street said before the game. "I believe in the Padres' ownership. They want to win and they are not content with status quo.

"I blame the players for what's happened here."

In 10 major league seasons with Oakland (2005-08), Colorado (2009-11) and San Diego (2012-14), Street is 35-27 with 258 saves and a 2.87 ERA.

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