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.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from Wednesday afternoon’s starting lineup because he overslept and missed the scheduled report time to the ballpark. Ozuna appeared in the on-deck circle late in the game but didn’t get a chance to pinch-hit as the Cardinals lost 5-2 to the Royals in 10 innings. The lowly Royals took two of three in the series.
The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins back in December. He hasn’t hit much for the Cardinals thus far, batting .253/.295/.331 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 190 plate appearances. He was an All-Star last year, finishing with a .312 average and a .924 OPS along with 37 homers and 124 RBI.
It’s amusing reading some of the replies to Goold’s tweet. More than a handful of Cardinals fans are upset with Ozuna for oversleeping. Who among us has not overslept for school or work? Of course, a lot of the antipathy has to do with Ozuna’s lack of hitting. If he had a .900 OPS, it would be a lot easier for fans to forgive him.