Padres agree to terms with RHP Huston Street on contract extension through 2014

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres today announced they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Huston Street on a contract extension through the 2014 season with a club option for the 2015 season. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.

“Huston is an established closer and has proven to be a valuable leader and teammate,” said Byrnes. “We are very excited to have him be part of this organization going forward.”

            Street, 28, was acquired by the Padres this past offseason in a two-player trade with the Colorado Rockies.  In 31 outings for San Diego this year, he is 2-0 with a 0.91 ERA (3 ER/29.2 IP), 17 saves in 17 chances, a .112 (11-for-98) opponents batting average and 39 strikeouts against eight walks. The right-hander was selected as the Padres representative for the 2012 National League All-Star team, his first career All-Star selection. His current streak of converting 17-consecutive save opportunities to start this year is the longest active streak in the National League while his perfect save percentage leads all Big League closers.  In 29 career outings at Petco Park, including 18 this year, he is 2-0 with a 0.33 ERA (1 ER/27.2 IP), 15 for 16 in save opportunities, a .120 (11-for-92) opponents average and 41 strikeouts against eight walks.

Originally selected by the Athletics in the compensation round (40th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas, Street became the first player from the 2004 Draft to reach the Big Leagues when he made his Major League debut in April of 2005.  After going 5-1 with 23 saves and a 1.72 ERA (15 ER/78.1 IP) in his first Big League campaign, he was named the 2005 American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.  Over 448 career relief outings with the Athletics (2005-08), Rockies (2009-11) and Padres (2012), he has gone 32-21 with 195 saves, a 2.97 ERA (154 ER/466.0 IP) and 480 strikeouts against 119 walks.