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


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.

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.