July 29, 2012
Padres Get A Street Deal
Re-signed RHP Huston Street to a two-year extension worth $14 million with a club option for the 2015 season worth $7 million. [7/29]
Josh Byrnes took over the Padres last winter and got right to work in locking up his team’s brightest young players. The awry seasons experienced by Cameron Maybin, Nick Hundley, and Cory Luebke have not deterred Byrnes from further contract extensions. Instead, Byrnes has simply shifted his focus to his best veteran players on expiring deals. A week ago, Byrnes struck a deal with Carlos Quentin. Now it’s Street, and boy is it a dandy.
The flaw in Street’s game is his durability. Street has missed at least three weeks in each of the past four seasons. There are a few too many “right shoulder inflammation” entries on his injury report for comfort’s sake, but the Padres have the best and most recent medical information available. You have to assume—until proven otherwise—that Byrnes is acting rationally. Further, compare Street’s numbers and contract to those accrued and signed by last winter’s crop of big closers—Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell, and Ryan Madson—and you can excuse Byrnes even if he is gambling a bit.
Street Versus Last Winter’s Closer Crop, 2009-12