Is this Huston Street’s Last Season in Anaheim?

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Updated: March 21, 2017

When the Angels made the trade for Huston Street, they were right in the thick of things; competing for the AL West title and on their way to the best record in baseball that year. Street played a huge part in propelling that team to the playoffs in a season where the Angels were losing starters left and right. Literally, both lefty Tyler Skaggs and righty Garrett Richards suffered significant, season ending injuries, forcing the Angels to use a bullpen day to take up one of those rotation spots. It all worked, until the offense dried up in the postseason, and Street rightfully gets credit for helping anchor what was a solid rotation. Street pitched decently in 2015 before suffering a serious groin injury in September that caused him to miss the rest of the season. Then, Street mixed serious ineffectiveness with serious injury, only appearing in 26 games and pitching very poorly in those games, allowing more hits than strikeouts with a 6.45 ERA.

Street picked up right where he left off this Spring, leaving a game early with a right lat strain that will shelve him for at least four to six weeks, which most likely causes Street to start the season on the disabled list. It’s not a good start for a player potentially playing for his next contract; Street has a club option for next season at $10 million. It seems highly unlikely that the Angels, who are trying to get younger on the field and more flexible with their payroll, will exercise that option, especially if Street struggles at all or suffers any more injuries. The Angels already have the heir apparent to the closer role in Cam Bedrosian and another future candidate still developing in Keynon Middleton, as well as some players who definitely have the stuff, even if they haven’t put it all together, like Jose Valdez or J.C. Ramirez, and this Angels’ front office is too smart to pay an aging closer that much money.

Street was a solid addition at a perfect time for the Halos, and if the offense doesn’t dry up in the playoffs and we get a bounce here or there, then we would be talking about the addition in an even more favorable light. Street is a smart, thoughtful person, a model citizen, and a great veteran presence. The truth is, though, that Street has been an injury risk his whole career, and the injuries have struck almost every season we’ve had him. The Angels can’t justify paying $10 million to a player who would end up being the fifth or sixth best reliever in the bullpen. Depending on how the season goes, Street may even be a trade candidate this Summer. Enjoy it while you can, Halo fans; this is Huston Street’s last season in Anaheim.

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