SAN DIEGO - The rumors of a deal had spread on social media Friday night, though confirmation could not come until after the Padres were finished dropping a 5-4 decision to the Mets.
Padres fans learned all they needed to know in the ninth inning. With the score tied, Joaquin Benoit entered the game and All-Star closer Huston Street watched from the dugout.
Street soon would be on his way to the Angels, who sacrificed what was left of their scant prospect base to fortify the back end of their bullpen.
The six-player trade sent Street and righthander Trevor Gott to the Angels in exchange for infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon and righthanders R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris. At age 23, Alvarez is the oldest of the group.
"Players always want right now, we want what's best for us right now," Street told reporters. "Organizations have got to be thinking a little more long-term. When I signed here, I think that was part of that equation. I think today is also part of that approach, that they're trying to put themselves in position."
Street was in the midst of perhaps the best season of his 10-year career. In 33 appearances, he saved 24 games and had a 1.09 ERA for the Padres. He earned All-Star honors in two of his three seasons with San Diego.
The trade will reshape the dynamics of an ultra-competitive American League West. Though the A's (60-37) have the best record in baseball, the Angels (58-38) have pulled within 11/2 games.
Street assumes closing duties from former Mets righty Joe Smith, who had taken over for the since-traded Ernesto Frieri. Thanks to a $7-million option, the Angels have Street under control through the 2015 season.