SAN DIEGO (AP) - Huston Street was in the San Diego Padres’ bullpen on Friday night - for the last time.
Soon after the Padres lost 5-4 to the New York Mets it was announced that Street had been traded to the Los Angeles Angels in a six-player deal.
Because the trade had been agreed to earlier Friday, Street was unavailable to pitch for the Padres.
The Angels need bullpen help and Street, an All-Star who has 24 saves in 25 chances this season, should provide that.
The Padres need to revamp their roster and they are hopeful the four minor leaguers they acquired will do just that.
Padres manager Bud Black said it was difficult to see Street go.
“He’s been a great Padre, no doubt about it,” he said. “What he’s done on the field speaks for itself.”
Joaquin Benoit will assume Street’s closer role with the Padres, He had a rough ninth inning on Friday when he entered the tied game.
Travis d’Arnaud’s go-ahead single lifted the Mets to their fourth straight win and sent the Padres to their third consecutive loss.
Street arrived in San Diego after the 2011 season and enjoyed his stay.
“I love this place,” Street said. “I think that when you have personal success you have great memories.”
With Street gone many wonder if third baseman Chase Headley is next. His name has also been mentioned in trade talks, and with him eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, he appears to be a prime target.
“Unfortunately, it’s part of the business,” Headley said. “When the season goes this way, when your record is what ours is, decisions like this one are made.”
Mets starter Bartolo Colon was strong early, which was different for him. He had allowed a first-inning run in five consecutive starts, before shutting down the Padres over the first 4 1-3 innings.
The Padres snapped a 25-inning scoreless skid when they scored four in the fifth to tie it.