It would be a stretch to say that Friday night’s acquisition of closer
Not after eight relievers combined to throw 10 scoreless innings in a 3-2, 16-inning win over the
A vastly improved bullpen, led by closer
But in Street, the Angels were able to acquire a 30-year-old right-hander who has been one of the most reliable closers in baseball over the last few years, a pitcher who is 1-0 with a 1.09 ERA in 33 games and has converted 24 of 25 save opportunities this season.
And that was impossible to resist for a club whose bullpen has been wobbly for the last two-plus seasons, in large part because of its lack of a lock-down closer.
"Today, it wasn't necessarily a need," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said late Friday night. "It's nice to say that about our bullpen, because it's not very often over last two or three years that we could say that about our bullpen confidently.
"Today, we can say that. Huston brings us a quality ninth-inning presence that really enhances our team. I don't want to call him a luxury. He's a quality major league player who makes our team better, but it wasn't necessarily that we were starving in that area. We just wanted to get better."
The Angels included three of their top prospects in the deal: triple-A second baseman Taylor Lindsey, hard-throwing double-A reliever R.J. Alvarez and Class-A shortstop Jose Rondon.
But the fact that Street is under club control through 2015 and makes a reasonable salary of $7 million a year, and that the Angels got back a quality double-A closer in 21-year-old right-hander Trevor Gott from the Padres, made the deal more palatable.
"Were it not for the fact 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 we gave up to get him," Dipoto said.
"Huston is 30, he's been one of the more consistent closers in baseball for a long time, and we feel very strongly about his character and what he brings to the clubhouse. We're not about anything but winning and doing your job, and Huston will align with that and put games away."
To make room for Street on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated utility infielder