MLB’s delayed Josh Hamilton ruling could keep the Angels from extending Huston Street

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Impending free agent closer Huston Street wants to sign a contract extension with the Angels before Opening Day and the Angels are interested too, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the team “could be in a holding pattern” while they await word on MLB’s punishment of Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton is under contract for $23 million this season, but if he’s suspended without pay by MLB the Angels could potentially reallocate that money and giving Street an upfront signing bonus is one possible option.

Street is without an agent, representing himself, and has said he won’t negotiate after Opening Day, so it’s possible the delayed ruling on Hamilton’s status could lead to his leaving the Angels via free agency after the season.

Street joined the Angels in mid-July, coming over in a deal with the Padres, and saved 17 games with a 1.71 ERA. Combined during the past three seasons he’s got a 1.97 ERA in 155 innings and despite seemingly being a closer forever Street is still just 31 years old.