We Have a Problem Huston

According to MLB Fleece Factor the Oakland A’s could be looking to move some of the players in their bullpen if they start to fall out of the American League West race.  With Joba moving to the rotation the man Cashman should inquire about is Huston Street.  Now Billy Beane is not going to just give Street away, but it’s definitely worth an inquiring about.  According to MLB Fleece Factor "Street is under team control through 2010."  Street currently makes just $3.3 million dollars per season, which is a bargain in the current market.  The only real issue with Street is his ability to stay healthy, but at 24 if the price is right it’s worth the risk.  Street is the perfect player to plug right into the "Joba Role."  So far this season Street has posted a lower WHIP than Joba, lower BB/9 and a nearly identical K/9 rate.  Street can also provide the Yankees a proven insurance plan for Mariano.  So here’s to hoping the Angels start to pull away!   

11 comments… add one
  • joe castellano on MLB Live last nite was talking about how alot of GM’s are cautious to deal with the yanks for young prospects. he was saying the yanks and the league have dramatically overvalued their farm system. he thinks the yanks will have an easier time dealing veterans with expiring contracts or younger MLB players (cano/melky). neither of which the A’s will be looking for.

    sf rod May 27, 2008, 3:24 pm
  • Sox should be all over that, for two reasons.
    2. Up the cost for the Yankees.
    1. Get a freaking arm that can pitch in the bullpen. It’s the Sox’ one weak spot right now. That, and not being able to play 162 games in Fenway Park…

    Paul SF May 27, 2008, 3:41 pm
  • “joe castellano on MLB Live last nite was talking about how alot of GM’s are cautious to deal with the yanks for young prospects”
    Frankly, i dont believe this. All these teams evaluate each other’s farm systems based on their own scouting. They make their decisions based on how they view each others players not what the hype, the press, etc says about them. If Phil Hughes were on the table and a team’s scouts agreed with most other scouts that he was a high ceiling guy they would pull the trigger.

    Sam-YF May 27, 2008, 4:07 pm
  • I’m shocked that Beane is willing to move Huston. He’s an elite player at low-cost for another 2.5 years (if he’s traded at the deadline), and even if they fall out of contention (which they will) he’s still a great asset. There can’t be much substance to this rumour.

    Atheose May 27, 2008, 4:45 pm
  • FTA:
    And there is closer Huston Street, whom Slusser believes will draw interest. With Joey Devine throwing well and looking like a potential heir apparent to Street, the A’s could very well dangle their current closer to the many bullpen starved contenders. Street is under team control through 2010.
    So it looks to be 100% speculative, rather than any news actually coming from the A’s organization themselves.

    Atheose May 27, 2008, 4:50 pm
  • Aren’t all trade rumors speculation to some degree? (Unless it involves Hank the Tank?)

    John - YF May 27, 2008, 5:56 pm
  • I agree John re: all trades being rumors, but I think Atheose’s rationale is hard to refute – Street is locked in at an affordable price for another couple seasons. Wouldn’t it be strange for them to move him now? Unless of course they feel that the bullpen market is at an all-time high (in terms of demand vs. supply) and therefore this is as good a time as is likely to be had in the coming years to shop such talent. But who has that much foresight and certainty of the coming 3-year market? I guess, if anyone, it would be Beane, but am still skeptical.
    Doesn’t matter any way. I’m sure Kyle Farnsworth will evolve into a lock in the later innings…

    IronHorse (yf) May 27, 2008, 6:14 pm
  • I am fairly certain he is not under contract until 2010, just that he is up for arbitration. So he might cost more than the amount I listed. Even still he should come in at a bargain.
    Beane has Devine who throws gas and can probably do Streets job at a much lower cost. He may or may not be as effective but Beane knows the team he has is not built for the now. Plus if he could get some prospects for Street and save a couple Million in the interim I see him as having legit motivation. 3-4 Million VS. league avg on a team with a combined payroll of 40 Million or so is a lot of cash.

    John - YF May 27, 2008, 6:19 pm
  • Well, the market just shot through the roof. Julian Tavarez is now unavailable… ;-)

    Paul SF May 27, 2008, 6:20 pm
  • And the Brewers get a little wackier….

    rootbeerfloat May 27, 2008, 6:42 pm
  • “And Lenny’s gotten larrrrrrger!”

    Paul SF May 27, 2008, 6:57 pm

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