Huston Street is a relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres. He is their “closer” . The 2013 Major League Baseball season was very good for him as he successfully saved 33 games. His salary is $7 million per year. The significance of this contract is that the Padres need to trade him for two to three less expensive players who can hit and produce runs because the run production of this team in 2013 was atrocious.
The San Diego Padres baseball team were sixteen games back in the West division behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They desperately need to improve their hitting average as they were in the bottom portion of the league in almost all the statistical categories. There are several Major League Baseball teams who could easily take on a contract the size of Huston Street’s and would be more than willing to give up some young players who could hit consistently in return.
The Detroit Tigers, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets are four big market teams who all have hopes of competing in the postseason and have players who could help the Padres. San Diego is a small market team and yet they are paying a sizable salary to a player who can only effect the game if he receives the ball while his team is leading so he can protect the lead.
It makes no sense on both a competitive level nor a business level to pay a player a large contract of the size that Huston Street is being paid when his opportunities to impact the game are few because he cannot be called on to perform. Closers pitch when the game is tied or their team is in the lead. As good a player as Huston Street is for the San Diego Padres it would be a more sensible decision to trade him for some hitters that can drive in some runs. A team cannot win if they do not score runs and for the Padres one player who can help them obtain run producing players is Huston Street.