MLB notes: Padres sign Street to two-year deal
By QMI Agency
|Huston Street of the San Diego Padres pitches in relief in the ninth inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (AFP)
In San Diego, the Street is paved with gold.
The San Diego Padres signed closer Huston Street to a two-year, $14 million contract extension Sunday, the latest cash drop for the small-market National League team.
The deal, which includes a $7 million club option for 2015, comes on the heels of a three-year, $30 million deal the Padres signed with outfielder Carlos Quenton.
Street is 17-for-17 in save opportunities and has a 0.91 earned-run average in 29 2/3 innings.
"Huston has done a fantastic job for us, and he's fit our clubhouse well," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. "He's about to turn 29 (on August 2). We think this is a good decision to solidify the position for us."
A'S TRADE FOR CANADIAN
Catcher George Kottaras of Scarborough is on his way to the Oakland Athletics.
The Milwaukee Brewers traded Kottaras to the A's for right-handed pitcher Fautino De Los Santos on Sunday, according to multiple reports.
Kottaras, who was the Brewers back-up catcher for much of the season, was designated for assignment on Thursday when Jonathan Lucroy was activated off the disabled list. The 29-year-old is bitting .209 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 58 games this season.
ASTROS GET YOUNGER
The rebuilding Houston Astros traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, getting two prospects in return.
Houston gets 21-year-old third baseman Bobby Borchering, who has 61home runs in the minors, and outfielder Marc Krass, who has 15 homers at Double-A Mobile.
Johnson, though, will take over as the Diamondbacks' everyday third baseman.
"This is tough," Johnson said. "This is all I have known since 2006 when I was drafted. I moved here. It's definitely tough, but that is the way things go. I am excited to move on to the Arizona Diamondbacks."
Johnson hit .279 with eight homers and 41 RBIs in 92 games with the Astros.
ROBERTS DONE FOR YEAR
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is expected to have hip surgery in the next week or so, ending his injury-plagued season prematurely.
Roberts felt soreness in his right hip after playing a rehab game with Single-A Aberdeen Saturday and decided Sunday that surgery was the best option. He'll be our 4-6 months but is hoping to be ready for the start of spring training.
Since the start of the 2010 season, Roberts has played in just 115 games due to injuries. This season, he's been limited to 17 games and hit .182 with no homer runs and five RBIs.
B-LEAGUE ON MOVE?
The Seattle Mariners are close to trading one-time closer Brandon League to the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports.
ESPN.com is reporting that the Mariners are close to pulling the trigger on a deal to send League packing while the San Francisco Chronicle says the Giants are involved. But another report, this one from CBS Sports, says the Mariners are talking to the Chicago White Sox about League.
League, a former Blue Jay, saved 37 games for the Mariners last season but lost his closer's job to Tom Wilhelmsen this year.
Logan Morrison of the Miami Marlins could have a visit with a surgeon in his immediate future.
Morrison, who was put on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, might need season-ending surgery on a torn tendon in his right knee, according to the Miami Herald. The 24-year-oldfielder has known about the injury since it was revealed by a MRI in May but tried to play through it.
In 93 games this season, Morrison has a .230 average with 11 homers and 36 RBIs.