Originally posted on MLB Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 12/7/11
The Padres found their Heath Bell replacement, acquiring closer Huston Street from the division-rival Rockies for a minor leaguer (others suggest a player to be named later).  MLB.com's Thomas Harding tweeted the agreement, while Danny Knobler, Scott Miller, and Buster Olney contributed to the breaking story.  Harding says the Padres will pay most of the $8MM guaranteed to Street. Street, 28, posted a 3.86 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 1.4 BB/9, 1.54 HR/9, and 34.9% groundball rate in 58 1/3 innings for the Rockies this year, saving 29 games in 33 attempts.  The move to Petco Park should help Street's home run rate, and if he has a big year he could decline his $9MM player option for 2013 and test the open market.  Street had a DL stint for triceps soreness in August, during which the Rockies realized Rafael Betancourt could be an effective closer.  The move appears to be mostly a salary dump for Colorado, and the team now has more money to pursue a starting pitcher such as Hiroki Kuroda.  Fo...
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