And then there was one. The Padres came into the heat of the trade deadline action with three players
expected to attract a lot of attention; Carlos Quentin, Huston Street, and Chase Headley. Last week, the Padres locked up Quentin to an extension. Sunday, they locked up Street, leaving just Headley dangling on the trade market.
The Padres and Huston Street agreed to a two-year, $14 million extension. The 28-year old closer is making $7.5 million this year, had a mutual option at the end of the year and a $1 million buyout. Teams were interested in Street and most thought the Padres would deal him. However, San Diego and its new ownership group are proving to be committed to the talent they already have. Included in the extension is a possible third year. The team option for 2015 would be worth $7 million if the Padres choose to exercise it.
Street currently has 17 saves and a slim 0.91 ERA. In his career, Street has a 2.97 ERA and 195 saves. He came up with the A’s before being traded to the Rockies. He really made a name for himself in Colorado while pitching in the thin air of Coors Field. He didn’t make his first All-Star game until this season, but he’s put up All-Star numbers throughout his career.
The Padres are 43-60 this season, but much of their troubles have come from injuries. They’ve had an incredible number of starting pitchers hit the disabled list. They’ve also had more than their fair share of position players land on the DL. When healthy, and combined with the young talent they have coming through the system, San Diego expects to compete. The extensions of Quentin and Street are two statements made to show the team is committed to being a winning ball club.
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