Evaluating the Huston Street trade three different ways

There are three schools of thought when it comes to assessing who “won” a trade: Waiting to judge a trade until years and years down the road when the careers of all the players involved have played out. This school of thought is baloney and usually espoused by fans on the side of the team […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #99: Good is bad – Orioles 4, Angels 2

The home series winning streak comes to an end but at least it came to an end against a worthy team. The Orioles lead their division and sport an excellent road record. If there was any team that was going to end the streak, Baltimore was as good as any. The problem, in general, is […]

MWAH Angels Trade Deadline Rumor Tracker (Updated – 7/22)

The MWAH Rumor Tracker is back! The trade deadline is fast approaching and the Angels figure to be quite active in at least exploring trades, but that whole “horrible farm system” thing might inhibit how many rumors they will actually pull off. Still, we can track the rumors here all the same. So check back […]


Huston Street and Scioscia-proofing the bullpen

As you likely saw on Twitter or heard from your Angel fan friends or thought in your own brain, the reaction to the Angels’ acquisition of Huston Street has fallen somewhere between outrage and “meh.” Nobody has anything against Street himself. He’s good and there is nothing wrong with adding a quality reliever. One of […]

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Halo Headlines: the rebuilt Angels bullpen, more Street trade reactions

The July 22nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including the rebuilt Angels bullpen, more Street trade reactions and much more… The Story: The completely rebuilt Angels bullpen. The Monkey Says: It really is staggering how much turnover there has been. A lot of the improvement came from within, but a lot of that […]


Series Preview: Angels vs. Orioles vs. Rumorless

Ten days to go before the trade deadline and the Angels have gone and exited the rumor mill. Where’s the fun in that? With the Halos squaring off against a division leader, this should be the kind of thing seen as a measuring stick and motivate them to make more deals, but Jerry Dipoto had […]


Keys to second-half success

Unless you’re name is Mike Trout, or you live within the fictional television world with perfect wealthy parents and a perfect home-life, no one is going to hand you the keys to a car.  Neither am I.    But I hope this makes you feel better.  If the second half of the season were a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #97: Green arrow – Angels 6, Mariners 5

I’m not normally one for trash-talking and chest-puffing in sports. It’s a game and you shouldn’t take it too seriously. But after Pujols and Trout loosed those pantomime arrows at Fernando Rodney, I couldn’t have been happier. Seriously, eff Fraudney. Eff him so hard. He can claim all he wants that his arrow move that […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #96: Reverse course – Mariners 3, Angels 2

The Angels and Mariners must be trying to make up for all that lost time over the break, playing the equivalent of three-plus games in the course of two nights. Anaheim was nice enough to let Seattle win 3-2 in extras this time though. Run Expectancy Rundown Someone really needs to tell the Angel bats […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #95: Distracted – Angels 3, Mariners 2

Oh, right! There was a game last night, I almost forgot. I spend the first three hours of it being completely distracted by the slowest unveiling of a trade package ever and wringing my hands over every prospect the Halos added to it. Yep, Huston Street was the story of the night. Fortunately, the Angels […]

TRADE ALERT: Angels finally get Huston Street from Padres – UPDATED

After days of rumors and a few false alarms, the Angels and Padres look to have finally consummated a deal that will send Huston Street to the Angels:

There is obviously a lot of unknown details about the package, so it is hard to judge properly. However, if one assumes that the unnamed pieces are just low-end prospects, this looks like handsome ransom that the Halos just coughed up to add a reliever, an excellent reliever, but reliever nonetheles. Things could change, however, depending on who those unnamed players turn out to be.

Whatever the case, the Angels finally get themselves a brand name closer. For some, that will be a welcome relief even though Joe Smith had been doing a fine job in the role. But if you set aside the fixation on “proven closers” this is still a big positive for the Halos if only because it improves their bullpen depth which has been an issue for years. That will certainly improve their World Series hopes this year, but it looks like it is going to come at a steep cost to an already depleted farm system.

We’ll keep this post updated as more details on the deal emerge.

Reports have confirmed that the Angels will be adding Jose Rondon to the package while the Padres will be sending over Double-A reliever Trevor Gott. It is the Rondon addition that really changes the dynamics of this trade though. He’s had a breakout year at Advanced-A and is guy who at least has the potential to become an All-Star at a premium defensive position. For him to be included with Lindsey, Alvarez and one other prospect really guts the Angels farm system of anything resembling a high-end prospect and makes this deal a pretty clear win for San Diego, at least in terms of present day value. What those prospects turn into remains to be seen, obviously, but it is a bigger package than anyone would’ve predicted the Padres would get for Street.

Also, it is worth noting that Street has a $7 million club option for 2015, which does increase his value a good amount since he isn’t a rental. It probably doesn’t increase it enough to make Dipoto look savvy here, but it is a mitigating factor.

The final prospect in the deal is SP Elliot Morris. A solid rotation prospect that the Angels drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft. Hardly a dealbreaker, but hardly a throw-in either.