According to Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Angels are interested in trading for Padres pitchers Huston Street and Ian Kennedy. Kennedy is a starting pitcher with a record of 7-9 with an ERA of 3.47. Street, San Diego’s Closer, has a 1-0 record with a 1.09 ERA and 24 saves. Street also made the NL All-Star team this year.
I originally said last week that Kennedy was a hidden gem among all the David Price rumors swirling. He’s a proven starter and ace who’s been around the league. His ERA is down from previous years and he’s gotten back to the shut down ace we’ve seen before from the time he spent in Arizona. As for Huston Street, he is having a career year this season. His 24 saves have him on pace to beat his career-high in saves in a single season, which is 37. The Angels can definitely use Kennedy in the starting rotation.
Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, and Hector Santiago are the Angels 3,4, and 5 starters with C.J. Wilson currently injured. All of those starters have ERA’s above 4.00. With the addition of Kennedy, the Angels rotation would be Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Ian Kennedy, and Garrett Richards as the top four. That eases the pressure on the Angels bats to pick up the slack because that would move two of the Angels current third, fourth and fifth starters out of the rotation.
As for Street, he would replace Joe Smith in the Angels Closer role. Smith has been solid this year, however, with a 3-0 record while recording 15 saves and posting an ERA of 2.32. The Angels also recently added Jason Grilli, the former Pittsburgh Closer in exchange for Ernesto Frieri. Grilli has looked a lot better than Frieri has but still cannot be relied on consistently. These two pitchers would really boost the Halo’s chances at taking the AL West, who sit just 1.5 games back of the Oakland A’s at the all-star break.
Now, what would it cost for Kennedy and Street? I’m not exactly sure but two prospects in exchange for Street and Kennedy may do. Cam Bedrosian, a right-handed pitching prospect who’s ranked the Angels 10th-best prospect by Baseball America could be a significant piece in the deal to give the Padres a right-handed pitcher in return for Kennedy. However, I could also see the Angels trading away players on the major league roster because they do sit as the worst farm system in baseball.