RHP Huston Street has officially been taken off the market after agreeing to a 2-year contract extension that includes a club option for 2015. The deal will pay our closer 7 million dollars a year annually. The only Padre all-star is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA and is 17-17 in save oppurtunities. The deal means three things: Street will be here next season, Brad Brach will
not be the new closer, and Luke Gregerson is likely to be traded.
Street, 28, will be the closer next season with Brad Brach as the 8th inning guy. This is barring injuries and FA signings. RHP Miles Mikolas would be the 7th inning guy, Brad Boxberger, Nick Vincent, Josh Spence, and Erik Hamren will also be members of the bullpen.
One thing that interests me is how Dale Thayer hasn't drawn any interest, he has an ERA around 4.40 only due to a 5-run outing earlier in the year. I am not sure when he is a free agent, but he would be a solid acquisition for a lot of contending teams, including his former team, the Mets. I would not ask for a lot but Dale Thayer for a Jordany Valdespin type trade would make sense, or maybe Gregerson and Thayer for Murpy.
-The White Sox sent former Padre Pedro Hernandez and SS Ed Escobar to the Twins for LHP Francisco Liriano.
-The Orioles have scouts in Lake Elsinore, and we have scouts at their A ball team.