Padres send Street to Angels in six-player trade

Triple-A infielder Lindsey leads San Diego's haul of four Minor Leaguers

Padres send Street to Angels in six-player trade

SAN DIEGO -- Even when Huston Street traveled to Minneapolis earlier this week for the All-Star Game, constant questions about his future followed.

"I would say 99 percent of [questions] were about where I'm going to be in two weeks," Street said in front of his locker Friday afternoon.

He now has an answer to those inquiries.

The Padres announced Friday night that their closer since the beginning of the 2012 season had been traded to the Angels in a six-player deal highlighted by Street and Angels infield prospect Taylor Lindsey.

Prospects acquired by Padres
  • R.J. Alvarez, rhp: The Angels drafted Alvarez in the third round in 2012 out of Florida Atlantic, where he had success pitching out of the bullpen. The Angels left him there and he has excelled in the Minor Leagues. Alvarez has been with Double-A Arkansas all season and allowed just two runs (one earned) in 21 appearances. He has a 0.33 ERA and has struck out 38 batters in 27 innings. Alvarez has always had a big arm and throws his fastball in the mid- to upper-90s. He has taken a step forward in part because he smoothed out his delivery and swapped his curveball for a slider.
  • Taylor Lindsey, 2b: The Angels selected Lindsey 37th overall in 2010 and he has done nothing but hit since then. After spending last year in Double-A Arkansas, where he was a Texas League All-Star, he went to the Arizona Fall League and played in the Rising Stars Game. This season, Lindsey advanced to Triple-A Salt Lake. His progress was slowed when he spent three weeks on the disabled list in June due to concussion-like symptoms. But he has played well since returning to action, hitting .292/.320/.500 in 20 games. Overall this season, he is hitting .247/.323/.400 with eight home runs and seven stolen bases in 75 games with the Bees.
  • Elliot Morris, rhp: Morris went undrafted out of high school and underwent Tommy John surgery while at Pierce (Wash.) JC and pitched sparingly before 2013 as a result. He threw well enough in his return to the mound for the Angels to grab him in the fourth round and he has impressed in his first full professional season. Morris opened the year with Class A Burlington and earned a promotion to Class A Advanced Inland Empire after posting a 2.25 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 40 innings. He pitches well off his fastball, but will need to improve his secondary offerings as he advances in the Minor Leagues.
  • Jose Rondon, ss: Rondon had an all-star season at rookie-level Orem in 2013 and built on his momentum this season. He had a breakout season with Class A Advanced Inland Empire and the Venezuelan native earned a spot on the World team in the All-Star Futures Game. In 72 games with the 66ers this season, he hit .327/.362/.418 and stole eight bases. He doesn't have much power yet, but, at 20 years old, is still physically maturing and should eventually develop more pop. While he's breaking out at the plate, Rondon still has work to do in the field. He isn't an exceptional shortstop, but generally does a good job at the position.
Top 20 Prospects: Padres | Angels
-- Teddy Cahill

San Diego also receives shortstop Jose Rondon and pitchers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris in the deal, with Double-A pitcher Trevor Gott going to the Angels with Street.

"This time of year, changes happen. This is a big one for this franchise," said assistant general manager A.J. Hinch. "We're happy to add the talent that we have through this trade and begin reshaping this team. I can't say enough positive things about Huston Street and what he's done as he takes his talents a little further north to the Los Angeles area."

Street, 30, is a two-time All-Star who has the highest save percentage (92.5) in the Majors since the start of the 2012 season. He represented the team in 2012 and again on Tuesday in Minneapolis, though he didn't appear in either All-Star Game.

Street converted his first 23 saves this season before suffering his first blown save July 5 at home against the Giants when he allowed a home run to Michael Morse. He has 24 saves in 25 chances in 2014 with a 1.09 ERA.

"He's been a great Padre," said manager Bud Black. "What he's done on the field speaks for itself."

The right-hander can earn $7 million as part of a club option in 2015. He is expected to bump Joe Smith out of the Angels' closing role.

"It's one of the places I wanted to go if I was going to get traded," Street said. "It's a team that has a chance to win. It's a bunch of veteran guys that know how to win."

As rumors swirled the last several weeks, Street expressed his appreciation for San Diego but said he would not fight a trade to a contending team.

"Every player wants to win, and you want to win now," Street said. "But from my heart, I've loved San Diego. ... I'd come back. It's been three of the best years of my life."

Lindsey was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and was rated as the No. 2 prospect in their system, according to MLB.com. He has a slash line of .247/.323/.400 with eight homers, seven stolen bases and 30 RBIs in 75 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this year.

Over five seasons in the Minors, Lindsey has 43 homers and a .289 batting average.

"Obviously, he's a good hitter," Hinch said. "He's gotten up to Triple-A at a very young age, at 22. That was attractive to us."

Lindsey missed nearly three weeks in June with a concussion but has hit .292 (21-for-72) in 20 games since returning. Hinch said Lindsey will report to Triple-A El Paso.

Rondon, 20, has risen quickly through the Angels' system and was ranked as their No. 5 prospect. He's hitting .327 with 17 doubles, five triples and no home runs in 72 games with Class A Advanced Inland Empire.

"We like the fact that he's a tough out," Hinch said. "He's been a hard guy to strike out, he's walked a little bit. He's certainly performing as one of the youngest players in the California League."

Alvarez, ranked as the Angels' No. 6 prospect, has a sparkling 0.33 ERA in 21 games with Double-A Arkansas this year. The right-handed reliever has 38 strikeouts and 10 walks in 27 innings.

"[Alvarez] is an electric pitcher that has the makings of a dominant bullpen arm," Hinch said. "Right-handed hitters have had no chance in the Minors."

Morris has a 4.17 ERA in nine starts since earning a midseason promotion to Class A Advanced ball, with 40 strikeouts and 28 walks in 45 1/3 innings.

The Padres have been receiving a lot of calls on Street and reliever Joaquin Benoit for several weeks.

"A lot of times, guys are just sitting on their couch and they read [that they had been traded] across the bottom line," Street said before San Diego's game on Friday. "You've heard those stories before -- this is not one of those stories."

The closer said that the team's front office had been very straightforward with him concerning his status.

"They've been extremely, extremely honest to the extent that I deserve," Street said. "They've been forthright in helping me plan. I've got a wife and two little kids, there's logistics."

The trade figures to be the first of several moves before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline for the Padres.

Hinch is presiding over day-to-day operations of the big league roster and has acted as the point man on all potential trades since general manager Josh Byrnes was dismissed on June 23. It's been speculated that Hinch could possibly move third baseman Chase Headley, outfielder Chris Denorfia and others, but he remained coy in the news conference announcing Street's departure.

"The reality is we're plenty of games under .500. We've got to balance the here and now with what we can get for moving forward," Hinch said. "How many [trades] does that mean? I don't know, I don't want to answer that today because it could change by tomorrow."

Last week, Hinch notified the team that he won't interview for the general manager opening.

"I have what I feel is a big responsibility I'm handling," Hinch said last week. "That hasn't changed."

The team has interviewed eight candidates and has invited four back for a second round of interviews. The team's executive chairman, Ron Fowler, said the Padres would like to have someone hired by early August.

Prospects acquired by the Padres:

R.J. Alvarez, RHP: The Angels drafted Alvarez in the third round in 2012 out of Florida Atlantic, where he had success pitching out of the bullpen. The Angels left him there and he has excelled in the Minor Leagues. Alvarez has been with Double-A Arkansas all season and allowed just two runs (one earned) in 21 appearances. He has a 0.33 ERA and has struck out 38 batters in 27 innings. Alvarez has always had a big arm and throws his fastball in the mid- to upper-90s. He has taken a step forward in part because he smoothed out his delivery and swapped his curveball for a slider.

Taylor Lindsey, 2B: The Angels selected Lindsey 37th overall in 2010 and he has done nothing but hit. After spending last year in Double-A Arkansas, where he was a Texas League All-Star, he went to the Arizona Fall League and played in the Rising Stars Game. This season, Lindsey advanced to Triple-A Salt Lake. His progress was slowed when he spent three weeks on the DL in June due to concussion-like symptoms. But he has played well since returning to action, hitting .292/.320/.500 in 20 games. He is hitting .247/.323/.400 with eight home runs and seven stolen bases in 75 games with the Bees.

Elliot Morris, RHP: Morris went undrafted out of high school and underwent Tommy John surgery while at Pierce (Wash.) JC and pitched sparingly before 2013 as a result. He threw well enough in his return to the mound for the Angels to grab him in the fourth round, and he has impressed in his first full professional season. Morris opened the year with Class A Burlington and earned a promotion to Class A Advanced Inland Empire after posting a 2.25 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 40 innings. He pitches well off his fastball but will need to improve his secondary offerings as he advances in the Minors.

Jose Rondon, SS: Rondon had an All-Star season at Rookie-level Orem in 2013 and built on his momentum this season. He had a breakout season with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, and the Venezuelan native earned a spot on the World team in the Futures Game. In 72 games with the 66ers this season, he hit .327/.362/.418 and stole eight bases. He doesn't have much power yet, but at 20 years old, he should develop more pop. He still has work to do in the field. He isn't an exceptional shortstop but generally does a good job at the position.

-- Teddy Cahill

Top 20 Prospects: Padres | Angels

 

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.