The veteran closer has acted as his own agent since 2012, when he negotiated a two-year, $14-million deal with San Diego. He says he's had "steady" dialogue with Angels General Manager
"I think agents are beneficial to a lot of guys who are fringe players or superstars," Street said on Thursday, as the Angels' pitchers and catchers reported for
"I'm not one of those guys. I'm pretty slotted within a range of what I believe is fair, of guys I'm comparable to. I don't have anything negative toward agents. I just felt like I could handle my own business."
The market for established closers hasn't fluctuated much, with most earning between $10 million and $12 million a year, so there isn't as much wiggle room in negotiations as there is for starting pitchers or position players. Street, 31, is slated to make $7 million this season after the Angels exercised his 2015 option.
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Street is looking for a four-year deal that would begin in 2015, replacing his current contract, and pay between what closer
"If you look at what Robertson and Miller got, maybe somewhere between them is justifiable and fair," Street said. "It's a principle thing. I have the best save percentage in baseball for the last four or five years. What is that guy worth?"
Street, who relies on control and deception, is confident he will come to an agreement before the April 6 opener, though he wouldn't set that date as a deadline for negotiations.
"I think there's enough there for us to get something done if they want to," Street said. "I love the Angels, and as a closer there's no better place to be than on a team that wins. My job needs a winning team for me to matter."