Eyeing extension, Street focused on winning

Status of Hamilton could impact potential deal

Eyeing extension, Street focused on winning

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Opening Day is only a week away, and veteran closer Huston Street is still hopeful of getting an extension done with the Angels.

The feeling is apparently mutual, but the Angels could be in a holding pattern while awaiting word from Major League Baseball on a potential suspension for Josh Hamilton. Players aren't paid while suspended, and a suspension for Hamilton -- slated to make $23 million in 2015 -- could greatly impact the Angels' financial situation.

Both sides have declined comment on an extension, but indications are that if a deal does get done, it probably won't happen until there's clarity with Hamilton.

Street, a self-represented player heading into his final season before free agency, said early in camp that he'd only negotiate an extension past Opening Day if both sides already had parameters in place. The 31-year-old right-hander hasn't commented on a potential deal ever since, but once again expressed his desire to remain with the Angels on Monday.

"I'm not afraid of being a free agent; I think I help a team win," Street said. "But you need a team to help you win. A closer needs an organization that's committed to winning. The Angels are clearly committed to winning, year in and year out. It starts at the top, with ownership. As a player, you fall in love with an organization because they win and because they're committed to you and your teammates."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.