Monday, July 21, 2008

Could Wags have a partner in Street.....

In 2006 Omar Minaya changed the way National League teams built a roster, He comprised a bullpen a five relievers with closer experience (Wags, Sanchez, Julio, Bradford, Heilman) and a potent offense. The concept was to out hit teams to over come mistakes made by a mediocre rotation and once they had the lead hold it with a dominant pen. At the time many balked as he traded what appeared to be serviceable starters ( Seo & Benson) for relievers but the result was that the Mets steam rolled their way through the East. With the trade deadline looming most of us are focused on what corner outfielder the Mets will acquire and possible a starter pitcher in case Pedro is a no go down the stretch. But maybe Omar has a surprise up his sleeve by once again stacking his pen with closers.......

Street is a good young closer when he's healthy he is a health risk, but that could be what steers other teams away and keeps the price down. The 25 y/o right handed closer in a four year career is 93-118 in save opportunities with an ERA of 2.86. While it's a long shot, it is interesting that this is the second closer (Fuentes) we've been linked to this year. Except for that rough patch I've been satisfied with the pen especially now that Duaner has returned to his set-up man form and Heilman as the lights out (fingers crossed) 7th inning guy, but apparently Omar's not........



The Mets, White Sox, Dodgers and Brewers have all expressed varying degrees of interest in A's reliever Huston Street. The Mets and White Sox probably do not match up with the A's, and the Dodgers are more focused on their pursuit of a shortstop. The Brewers, who remain in the market for a reliever, already have traded six prospects of varying quality for Sabathia and Durham ... Source Ken
Rosenthal

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