It's time for Huston Street owners to be nervous. With the Padres likely to be sellers, and Street's remaining contract (about $4 million this year and a $7 million club option next year) eminently affordable, he could be on the move. That could be dangerous for his owners.
While many teams that would acquire Street would want to use him as a closer, one that already has its ninth-inning situation settled could convert him to a high-leverage setup man. That would rob him of much of his fantasy value. It's not something you need to actively guard against now if you're a Street owner, but it is something to consider once the trade deadline draws nearer.
Street ranks seventh in the updated SI.com closer rankings. Where do your relievers rank? Check it out below.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings
|Rankings updated as of May 28|
3. Greg Holland -- Quietly having as good a season this year as he did last year. He has converted 14 of 15 save chances, and has a 1.93 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings.
4. Koji Uehara -- Might Uehara actually have a better 2014 than 2013? It's possible. He has a 0.87 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.
7. Huston Street -- Street could pitch his way out of San Diego if he keeps dominating like this. He has a 1.35 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 20 innings.
13. David Robertson -- The Yankees could scarcely ask for better in the first year after Mariano. Robertson has converted 11 of his 12 save opportunities and has a 2.40 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 15 innings.
15. Casey Janssen -- Janssen has gone 8-for-8 on save chances and hasn't allowed a run in nine innings since returning from the DL.
18. Sean Doolittle -- Doolittle has grabbed a stranglehold of the closer's role in Oakland, having not allowed a run in his last 11 outings, a run that dates to late April.
21. Jenrry Mejia -- Mejia has yet to allow an earned run 9 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, fanning nine batters in that stretch. He has the stuff to be an elite closer.
22. Jason Grilli -- Grilli earned a save in his first game back from the DL, but Clint Hurdle opted for Mark Melancon in the next save opportunity. It appears the two will share the job for the time being, but Grilli is the man to own in the long term.
23. LaTroy Hawkins -- Hawkins has thrown two clean innings in a row after allowing four runs across three appearances. He's still the man in the ninth for Colorado, but this bears watching.
28. Zach Britton -- Britton has emerged in the ninth for now, but he doesn't exactly have typical closer stuff.
29. Ronald Belisario -- Belisario gave up runs in his first three appearances after Matt Lindstrom's injury, but he seems to have Robin Ventura's trust for now. Rookie Daniel Webb still lurks.
31. Joe Smith -- Smith is definitely behind Ernesto Frieri in the bullpen, but is still worth owning in mixed leagues.
32. Mark Melancon -- Hold onto Melancon for now. He's earning save chances, and could be a factor in mixed leagues even if and when Jason Grilli takes back the job for good.
34. Joel Peralta -- With Grant Balfour struggling, owners speculating for saves would be wise to circle the Tampa Bay bullpen. Peralta would be the first choice to take over for Balfour. No. 37-ranked Jake McGee would be next.
40. Jason Motte -- In three innings since returning from the DL, Motte has allowed one run on three hits with two strikeouts. It would take some doing to get him back in the closer's chair, but it is possible.
50. Dominic Leone -- Danny Farquhar would be the first choice to replace Fernando Rodney if the latter's 1.55 WHIP ever catches up with him, but don't snooze on Leone. The 22-year-old rookie has a 1.29 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings.