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.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.