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After losing weight, Angels’ Huston Street is ready to shed a difficult 2016 season

February 16th, 2017 at 6:44 PM
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As the Angels assembled for their first team meeting of 2017 this week, their owner filtered through the Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse to offer handshakes and salutations across the room.

When Arte Moreno reached the locker of Huston Street, the 33-year-old reliever he will pay $9 million this year, he extended a hand and a backhanded compliment.

“I’m really glad you lost some weight,” Moreno told Street.

Then Moreno moved to greet Street’s competition for the closer role this season, Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian, both seated nearby.  This is an unusual situation. Street has 324 career saves. He last competed for any job eight years ago with Colorado, back when the Rockies held their spring training in Tucson.

“I said the same thing in camp then that I’m going to say now: I’m going to do my best to pull for these guys,” Street said. “But I want to be the closer, and I hope they choose me. I’m getting ready for the season, same as I always am. I’m not trying to pitch different to win a job.”

 While he does not plan to pitch differently, he is preparing in a radically different way.  

Street lost some weight because two years of winter inertia caught up to him and he underperformed while overweight last season. Street lost some weight because he could be a free agent at year’s end and his future earning potential depends on him winning this competition.

The spiral out of shape started Sept. 30, 2013, when Street’s father, idol, financial advisor and Texas football icon, James, died from a heart attack. He had to grieve, and he had to handle the family’s businesses.

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