Huston Street debuted with the Oakland Athletics in 2005. The young reliever was just 21 and quickly became one of American Leagues top relievers during his stint with the A’s – averaging 94 saves in his 4 seasons before heading to the National League.
In the NL, he continued to be one of the best relievers pitching for both the Rockies and the Padres – producing 164 saves.
Sadly, injuries derailed him over the past few seasons, limiting him to just 26 games in 2016 and 4 in 2017.
In past Red Sox bullpen constructions, they have had pitchers who found success without throwing in the mid-to-high 90’s. Keith Foulke was the anchor of the ’04 World Series bullpen, who featured a fastball that rarely reached 90 mph.
Most recently in 2013 – 2015, the Red Sox employed Koji Uehara who featured a four-seam which rarely broke 90 mph. Without the peak velocity, he was dominant in his 2013 season, compiling 101 strikeouts compared to 9 walks.
Over his four seasons as a member of the Red Sox bullpen, he struck out 291 and walked only 37.
Despite success with lower velocity relievers, Dave Dombrowski has compiled a bullpen that features Craig Kimbrel, Joe Kelly, Tyler Thornburg, and Matt Barnes. All of the mentioned relievers are likely to touch 100 mph.
While Street is still just 33, he is a pitcher who’s never been much of a high-velocity pitcher. Over the past few seasons, he’s seen the velocity on his four-seam fastball creep downward to just 88 mph.
Huston Street has a track record of being an incredibly effective reliever, despite the diminished velocity. The bullpen lacks a veteran presence and Street may fit the mold that management is looking for.
If Dombrowski were to be interested, he could most likely get Street on a small contract, due to his 2017 injuries.
For a 1 – 2 year around $10 million, the Red Sox should certainly be interested.