Rumor of the Day: Huston Street

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With July on the horizon, the Yankee rumors are going to heat up. The team right now has the second best record in the AL but is facing some tough competition for that final playoff spot. Brian Cashman knows that, after a winter spending spree, expectations are high this year, and he’ll do what it takes to improve the team.

Today’s rumor comes to us from Marc Carig. The Yankees, he says, are very interested in Huston Street. Writes Carig:

A major league source, who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to comment on other teams, told me that the Yankees’ reported interest in Street was serious.

The source said that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman approached the Rockies about a deal as early as the middle of May, as the Yankees’ bullpen struggled. Meanwhile, the source said the Rockies had already begun combing through the Yankees’ minor league system, mining for possible trade targets.

A few weeks ago, the Yanks would have been considered the leaders in the Huston Street sweepstakes, but then the Rockies started winning. With Clint Hurdle out and Jim Tracy in, Colorado has gone 21-7 and find themselves one game out of the Wild Card. They’re not going to trade their closer until they’re out of it.

Street is an alluring target. Since a tough start in April, he’s been nearly untouchable. He has converted 17 of his last 18 save opportunities over 25.2 innings. He has 29 strike outs and a 1.40 ERA, and opponents are hitting .157/.232/.236 off of him. Talk about an 8th inning solution.

What Street would cost is another question. The Rockies sent Matt Holliday to the A’s for Street and two prospects. As sellers in a tight market, they could demand a decent package from the Yanks. For now, though, with 33 days left until the trade deadline and in a tight market, nothing’s doing.

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  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    It all comes down to the price. Everyone is available for the right price.

  • Bill

    I don’t think he’s even going to be available. Colorado has a good team and right now they’re just 1/2 game behind San Fransisco for the Wild Card. You look at the other WC contenders in the NL- Mets, Marlins, almost the entire NL Central and none of those teams scare anyone. The Rockies are going to be right there in that wild card race all year.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      They’re one game behind Milwaukee/St. Louis. Technically, the Giants doesn’t have the Wild Card lead right now.

      • Bill

        Oh God what a nit. I go by the loss column. It’s irrelevant anyway. The Rockies are right there and as you said, they’re not going to trade their closer if they’re 1 game out of a playoff spot.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          Heh. Sorry. That was obnoxious of me.

  • Tony

    Seems like the price would be too high, but he’s intriguing because og the long-term possibilities.

    Then again, relievers tend to flame-out.

  • chriskeo

    I also think that unless Bruney gets seriously injured again and Marte has a setback, the pen will be fine, and correct me if I’m mistaken, won’t we have Hughes in the pen until Joba reaches his pitch count, and at that point Joba will return to the pen and hughes will start. So one of them should be there all year, pending injuries

    • ArodMVP217 FTW!

      chronologically impossible, unless of course, you want Hughes to only get 110~ innings?

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    Lets get him, Harden, Haren and have the white dues with awesome pitching motions on the Yankees.

    • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

      So we’d be the Oakland A’s of 3 years ago? :P

  • James A.

    Street would be solid for the 8th inning, but at this point would the payoff be worth the cost?

    I’d just hope the Yanks wouldn’t give up someone like Jackson or McAllister to get a reliever like Street

  • ChrisS

    Meh, I still don’t think the Yankees need much addition. The only problem I see is with line-up flexibility, but it’s still not a major problem.

    Not every team needs to trade every season.

    • Drew

      More importantly, we DON’T NEED to trade, but, it sure would be nice to have another arm out in that pen.

      • ChrisS

        Yeah, but not at the cost the Rockies are going to want for Street.

        Melky and Montero/Jackson? McCallister/Melancon?

        Street won’t be cheap. He’s a young stud reliever on a decent contract for a team in contention in the relatively weak NL.

        • Drew

          Word, noooo way would I give up Montero, ZMac or Ajax. I don’t know who I’d consider. Would they have interest in a guy like Grit? Grit Coke and a non top prospect+cash?

          • Steve in PDX

            Just do what the knicks did the other day-send a few million dollars and be done with it.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      +1

  • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

    Seriously though whats wrong with Bruney? I know that the talks where in May when Bruneys health was questionable but Bruney and his .67 WHIP are perfect for the 8th inning.

    • Drew

      Nothing is wrong with Bruney. What’s wrong with some serious bullpen depth for the next few years?

      • whozat

        Nothing. Depends on what it’ll cost, though :-)

      • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

        Giving up a top prospect for him is the problem.

        • Drew

          Top Prospect, as in… Ajax Jesus and Zmac? Who said we were giving them up?

          • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

            Who said we weren’t?

            • Drew

              lol.. Well, no one. In fact, nothing other than a rumor says that the Yankees even have interest in the guy. Cash wouldn’t dish our top prospect for an 8th inning guy.
              You’re the only one saying we’d give up our top guys.

              • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

                I’m assuming because I doubt they Rockies would take a B prospect form the Yankees when there will be alot of teams who covet Street.

    • Jake K.

      There’s nothing wrong with Bruney–when he can pitch. There are valid reasons to be concerned about his ability to stay healthy. And I’m assuming the team views Street as a long-term asset, the most likely candidate to take over the closer’s job when Mo is done.

      • Steve in PDX

        I like (love) the idea of Street long term, but where does that leave Melancon? Does he get thrown into the trade?

        • whozat

          Elsewhere in the bullpen, unless he goes in the trade. You don’t anoint prospects as the “X of the future” until they earn it. You create opportunities for the really good players, sure, but you don’t avoid an acquisition that helps the team now and long term ONLY because you want Melancon to be a homegrown success story.

          • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

            Agreed. I remember when Jose Veras was a possibility to replace Mo, then JB Cox, and now Melancon…

            • AndrewYF

              Veras and Cox were never in the discussion to even come close to being the ‘next’ closer. Where do these ridiculous talking points come from?

              But, I guess since Melancon is only a 9th-round pick, it’s guaranteed he will never amount to anything ever. Let’s trade him for a bench player!

  • Drew

    Our pen is getting to be pretty dominant. I was thinking, adding a solid arm like Street would allow us to drop not one, but two relievers, leaving room on the bench for a guy like Shelley. I don’t know who would get the boot from the pen though. I guess… Philly and Coke?

    • Zach

      Why would you send Coke down? only lefty in pen and has a 1.02 WHIP

      • Drew

        I’m just trying to figure out who it would be. Would we really need Mo, Brune, Street, D-Rob, Coke, Alf.. oh ya know what, I forgot about Tomko. It would be Tomko that gets the Axe obviously.

      • Bill

        Coke isn’t going anywhere and neither is Hughes. Tomko would get DFA’d if they got another reliever. But I really think this whole thing is a joke because Street won’t be available. The Rockies are not going to give him up while 1 GB in the wild card. Mo, Bruney, Robertson, Coke, Aceves, and Hughes is a solid bullpen.

        • Drew

          Major blunder on my part forgetting about Tomko, but how long do you really want Hughes in the Pen?

          • Bill

            I want him to start as I posted a couple posts below. Wang or Pettitte should be out of the rotation and demoted to long reliever. If Pettitte can’t pitch better than Wang, he’s out. Getting Hughes’ innings up so that he can throw 180-200 innings next year is a top priority. Hughes will be in the Yankees starting rotation next year so it’s imperative that he gets his innings in.

            • Drew

              Exactly. Hopefully Wanger gets officially back on the wagon tonight with a W. I love seeing Hughes kill it out of the pen, but I’ve had enough of 2 innings every other 3 days. He needs to log serious innings somewhere.

            • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

              …if his ceiling is 180 this year, 180-200 next year really shouldn’t be a goal, right?

              Any new clues on what we think phil’s ceiling is?

        • Zach

          You’re right. The Rockies arent a ‘rebuilding’ team looking to shred payroll, they have a lot of talent and just underperforming/injuries. Corpas is signed cheap but now now bone chips in elbow, Buchholz just had TJS, and Weathers is recovery from TJS so they have no luxury to trade Street.

        • Bill

          And another thing! Phil Hughes should be in the starting rotation. These 4 pitchers should definitely be starters: CC, AJ, Joba, Hughes. The last spot is between Pettitte and Wang. BUT ANDY PETTITTE IS A STARTING PITCHA!!!!! Not a very good one though. If he doesn’t want to be demoted to long reliever, he has to pitch better than he has and better than Wang.

          • Zach

            Just because you say he’s not good doesnt make it true. Take away Hughes’ best start and worst start and his ERA is over 5 as a starter this year, while Andy’s sits at 4.38 even after the Yankees defense sucked for him in Atlanta.

            • Drew

              Let’s not act like AP has been solid. He’s been Up, and he’s been down. One good start, one bad start. We need some more consistency than that. At least if it was Philly, he’d be going through his natural progressions and maturing. With Andy, it’s just an old guy who has it some nights, and doesn’t the next.

  • Rod

    Why exactly should we trade for Street when we have Melancon in AAA?

    • Drew

      Because Mels is in AAA. Street is a proven fire man.

      • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif OmgZombies!

        because trading for a top reliever really helped us last year?

        • Drew

          What does one have to do with the other? That’s like saying we shouldn’t have signed CC because Pavano is a bloak.

    • mick

      Melancon hasn’t been pitching all that well since his demotion..definitely not lights out..

  • crawdaddie

    A proven fire man comes with a high price tag. He’s not worth McAllister, who might be Wang’s replacement. I wouldn’t be surprise if the Rockies asked for Melancon in return which I wouldn’t do either.

    • Jake K.

      I’m sorry, but the chances that Melancon has a career equal to Street’s are slim. This is a case of Yanks’ fans overvaluing their own prospects.

      • Drew

        +1. We all want Melancon to be the best, but, the guys still in AAA, Street’s a major leaguer.

      • crawdaddie

        Or certain fans overvaluing Street.

      • AndrewYF

        You’d also be trading six years of Melancon for 1.5 years of Street.

        Street, while he has been a good reliever, is far, far, far from a guarantee. He’s had health issues, and performance issues.

        Thankfully, the recent bout of silliness on the RAB comment section of the blog does not run this team.

  • Dela G

    god i hope we do not trade for him, i can’t imagine cleaning out our system for him

  • Jake H

    The cost is the key.

  • Soriano~12

    25 yrs old with 112 career saves already. I understand he could be a future consideration for closer, but this guy probably wants to close out cames right now considering he’s arguably the most successful young reliver in the past few years. I like this guy alot, but I dont see the rockies trading him.

    • Drew

      Yeah, it’s a pipe dream but it’s fun to speculate.

    • Zach

      “but this guy probably wants to close out cames right now ”

      he lost his job in Oakland last year, starter off year at set up man in Colorado this year before he won the job back, or well Corpas lost the job. Dont think I ever seen any quotes of him mad or demanding a trade to be a closer or anything

      • Drew

        Also, I don’t think many people would take exception to sitting next to the greatest closer in the history of the game on a nightly basis.

        • Randi

          Good point. He would probably embrace the opportunity to set up Mo and eventually take over. I think he can become a valueable commodity to the ballclub. This pipe dream could become a reality only if the yankee bullpen falters like it did in the early going and the rockies fall out of contention.

  • pat

    -Uh what is the Rumor Du Jour?
    -It’s the Rumor of the Day.
    -Mmmm That sounds good, I’ll have that.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      KICK HIS ASS, SEABASS!!!!

  • Peter Lacock

    Maybe Nova got called up so Colorado (or someone else) could see how he does in AAA?

    • pat

      More likely because he’s been kicking ass in Trenton. But I’m sure showcasing him in AAA is on their minds too.

      • Peter Lacock

        How about Nova, Claggett and Cano for Street & Tulowitzki?

        • AndrewYF

          Neither team would ever do that.