Street unsure Hamilton trade will aid extension talks
OAKLAND -- Now that the Angels have closure with Josh Hamilton, who was sent back to the Rangers in a trade that was finalized on Monday, the organization has a clearer picture of its financial situation over the next three years.
Angels closer Huston Street hopes that means good news for his extension -- even though it probably doesn't.
"Selfishly speaking, I hope it helps my situation," Street said. "I've been clear about [what he wants in a deal] with the organization, they've been clear about it with me. It hasn't seemed like the Josh situation has had any effect. If we would have changed our position, we probably could have gotten something done, and if they would have changed their position, we could have gotten something done."
Street -- self-represented, until rehiring Alan Hendricks as his agent when the regular season began -- said at the start of Spring Training that he was seeking a four-year contract between $36 and $46 million. The Angels would probably be more comfortable with a three-year deal for Street, who's 31 and would be eligible for free agency at season's end.
Both sides are open to continuing negotiations, but neither side has apparently budged.
If a deal does get done, it probably won't have anything to do with the fact the Angels saved roughly $20 million on the remainder of Hamilton's contract.
"Logically speaking, it hopefully helps the situation" Street said. "It seems like we have more money to spend. But at the same time, at least from my perspective, they haven't been intertwined. It's just been a conversation between us and them about where we both want to be, and we're still working through that."
Some additional notes from Tuesday ...
• Catcher Chris Iannetta was out of the starting lineup after cutting a finger in his right hand a couple days earlier. Iannetta is fine, though. Manager Mike Scioscia mainly wanted to give him a day off because his batting average sits at .100 through his first 50 at-bats "He'll be in there tomorrow," Scioscia said.
• Scioscia on Kirk Gibson, his former Dodgers teammate who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: "This is tough. He's always been a competitor; I know he'll never give in. But to hear what his battle is now with Parkinson's, it's really sad. I know he's going to give it everything he has and keep going, and get back on a baseball field. That's what he loves. It's a sad day. Sad day."
• The unrest in Baltimore, which prompted two Orioles games to be postponed and Wednesday's contest to be played in an empty stadium, reminded Scioscia of the 1992 riots following the Rodney King verdict. Those riots caused the Dodgers' entire three-game series to be postponed.
"We had a meeting in the seventh inning and they were really concerned about guys getting out of Dodger Stadium," Scioscia said. "It was the real world. While you're in a baseball park, that's the last thing you're thinking of. What's happened in Baltimore is almost a replay of what we went through in Los Angeles."