Carlos Quentin was handed a three-year, $30 million deal last week. And now the San Diego front office has locked up another potential trade chip.
From Corey Brock of MLB.com comes word that the Padres reached agreement Sunday on a two-year, $14 million contract extension with closer Huston Street. The deal also carries a $7 million club option for 2015. There are no buyouts or added incentives.
“Huston has done a fantastic job for us, and he’s fit our clubhouse well,” said Padres GM Josh Byrnes. “He’s about to turn 29 [on August 2]. We think this is a good decision to solidify the position for us.”
Street has registered a superb 0.91 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 39/8 K/BB ratio across 29 2/3 innings this season as the Friars’ primary ninth-inning man. He’s a perfect 17-for-17 in save opportunities.
A weak trade market for high-quality relievers is now even weaker. Tuesday should be interesting.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.