Street blows a save to remind us that the Padres need to pick up his 2015 option

Posted: 07/05/2014 in baseball
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Huston Street blew a save on Saturday night and I’m sure some fans of the San Diego Padres got mad.

I say every single one of them should take a second to feel good about the closer – and be happy as all heck the Padres didn’t go all out to retain Heath Bell after three consecutive 40-save seasons.

If San Diego retains Bell after his stellar run from 2009-11, who knows what major-league city Street calls home. Just be glad home has been San Diego the past three seasons.

Street had been 23-for-23 in save situations this season before blowing one against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. He served up a leadoff homer in the ninth to Michael Morse and the Giants went on to a 5-3, 10-inning victory.

The blown save was only the fourth in Street’s 2 1/2 seasons with the club while he has successfully shut the door 79 times. That is an astronomical success rate of 95.2 percent.

Even New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera and Padres icon Trevor Hoffman would have a hard time matching that percentage over a 2 1/2-season period.

Street has been the best closer in baseball over the first half of the 2014 season and will surely be representing the Padres in Minnesota at this month’s All-Star Game. The announcements will be made Sunday but it will not be a surprise to see Street on the National League team for the second time in his three seasons with the club.

I say Padres’ ownership ought to be ready to make their own announcement: As in Street is not going anywhere prior to the July 31 trading deadline.

There will be surely a few clubs throwing tempting offers of prospects and the Padres should declare that the 30-year-old Street is going nowhere.

The club has a $7 million option on him for 2015 so if the Padres think they are going to be field a competitive team next season, they can send a signal to their skeptical fan base by picking up the option.

Personally, I would do it sometime over the next few weeks but I understand the business at hand. A club would hate to pick up the option before it has to in case of a devastating arm injury.

Heck, they are paying Josh Johnson $8 million this season not to pitch for them. That’s not a good development.

All that matters is that the Padres do the right thing eventually. To me, it’s a no-brainer:

Let’s assure Huston Street is the team’s closer again in 2015.

His first flop of the season is proof that the Padres badly need his services.

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