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Padres Hang On To Their Closer

Huston Street Gets 2 Year Contract Extension



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    Padres closer Huston Street won't be going anywhere for a while.

    Two weeks ago most people were convinced the Padres would be trading away most of their roster by MLB's July 31 trade deadline.

    The conventional thinking was, San Diego is not in contention. They have a few high-profile guys who are going to be free agents and probably won't re-sign them. So, the Friars should get something for them while they can.

    I don't know if it's the influence of an incoming ownership group, the savvy of GM Josh Byrnes, or the players simply love living and playing in San Diego, but the Padres won't be holding that fire sale this season.

    Last week All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin agreed to a contract extension.

    On Sunday it was All-Star closer Huston Street's turn.

    Street agreed to a 2-year, $14 million extension with the Padres. San Diego holds a team option for 2015 for another $7 million.

    In today's MLB, where salaries are out of control, it's a great deal for the Padres.

    Street, who turns 29 on Thursday, is a perfect 17-for-17 in save chances, with a 2-0 record and a 0.91 ERA. I've seen people argue the Padres don't need a closer because they so rarely have a lead. However, if their prospects keep panning out like Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Alexi Amarista have, that won't be a problem for too much longer.

    Alas, Street was not able to help the Padres on Sunday in Miami. Alonso hit a game-tying, 2-run home run in the 8th that forced extra innings.

    But, in the bottom of the 10th, Justin Ruggiano lined a single to left to bring home the winning run for the Marlins. Miami won 5-4, taking the season series 5 games to 1.