Huston Street says he has had “steady” extension talks with Angels

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Huston Street came over the Angels last July in a trade with the Padres and now he wants to stay there for the long haul.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Street said today that negotiations with the Angels regarding a contract extension have been “steady” for several weeks and he’s hopeful something will get done by the start of the season.

Street, who is serving as his own agent, is currently due to become a free agent after the 2015 season. He believes that something in the neighborhood of David Robertson’s contract with the White Sox (four years, $46 million) and Andrew Miller’s contract with the Yankees (four years, $36 million) is a fair comparison for what he’s worth.

“If you look at what Miller and Robertson got, I think something between them is justifiable,” Street said Thursday, the day pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. “It’s a principle thing for me. I have the best save percentage in baseball that last four or five years. What’s a guy like that worth?”

Street will be 32 in August and has an injury history, so you can understand if the Angels are reluctant to go four years on him, but there’s no questioning his performance. He owns a 1.97 ERA in 159 appearances dating back to the start of 2012.

Giants hire Gabe Kapler as new manager

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The Giants announced on Tuesday the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager. Kapler, filling the extremely large shoes of future Hall of Famer Bruce Bochy, inked a three-year deal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Kapler was one of three finalists for the job, beating out Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quataro.

Following his 12-year playing career, Kapler was a coach for Israel’s team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier. He then became an analyst for FS1 before joining the Dodgers’ front office as the director of player development in November 2014. He was involved in three scandals there: one in which he tried to handle a sexual assault incident involving two Dodgers minor league players without telling police, one in which he allegedly discriminated against Nick Francona, a veteran and former baseball operations employee, and an incident that implicated most of the Dodgers’ front office concerning the recruiting of international free agents. The Dodgers reportedly kept a spreadsheet of employees and their level of criminality.

Despite Kapler’s background, the Phillies hired him as their manager ahead of the 2018 season. He would lead the Phillies to an 80-82 record that year and then helped them improve by one game in 2019, finishing at exactly .500 before being fired. Kapler’s tenure in Philly was tumultuous, often drawing ire from the local media and subsequently the fan base for not being tough enough on his players. The Phillies also reportedly had a clubhouse issue in 2018 in which players were playing video games in the clubhouse during games, prompting Carlos Santana to smash a TV with a bat.

Kapler has a history with Farhan Zaidi, the Giants’ president of baseball operations. They worked together in the Dodgers’ front office as Zaidi served as GM from November 2014-18.