The Los Angeles Angels have extended closer Huston Street on Wednesday. The deal is worth $18 million over 2 years, and also includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million dollar buyout. He was negotiating an extension himself throughout Spring Training, and now that the season has gotten through its first month, Street has gotten his money.
Huston Street is clearly deserving of his extension, racking up 28 saves in an Angel uniform, and 164 in his career. He began his career with the Oakland Athletics, where he began his dominance as an elite closer in 2005 at the ripe age of 21. After four seasons in Oakland, began a new tenure a member of the Colorado Rockies. After three seasons in both Colorado and San Diego, Street is currently in Anaheim, and enjoying every second of it.
After a long list of injuries that almost derailed his career, Street is back and better than ever. The Angels heavily relied on his talent during the second half of 2014, after acquiring him during the Trade Deadline, and he helped his new club reach the Postseason. The Angels had incumbent Ernesto Frieri in the closer role, and after multiple blown saves, the Angels needed a new closer. With Joe Smith and Huston Street locked in for 2016, the Angels have the back of the bullpen locked down, which was a major issue for them in recent years. But one question still remains, with Street locked in, who is next to be extended? And how can they help the Angels reach the Postseason again in 2015?
- Weston Robertson