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Nationals eyeing Doolittle, Madson

Nationals eyeing Doolittle, Madson

The team with the worst bullpen in baseball improved Sunday when the Washington Nationals traded with the Oakland Athletics for two relief pitchers. The Nats and A's, frequent trade partners over the last several years, were able to agree to yet another trade. Fortunately, he remained consistent with an ERA often in the low 3.00s each year in his career even in 2015 when he spent most of the year sidelined. Doolittle has pitched in 23 games and has a 3.38 ERA with three saves and 31 strikeouts. "Both are capable of getting the final three outs, which will help stabilize our entire bullpen". The long ball has been a big issue for their bullpen, allowing 46 home runs this season which is tied for fifth-most in baseball but are allowing home runs on a MLB-worst 4.1 percent of plate appearances this season. They could also go out and seek similar reclamation projects they can bring in and then flip for prospects like they did with Madson and Doolittle. Treinen is under A's control through 2020.

Madson, 36, is an experienced reliever. The 36-year-old has a career 3.40 ERA and 86 saves over 12 seasons, split between the A's, Kansas City Royals, and Philadelphia Phillies.

Madson meanwhile, has a 2.11 ERA, one save, and 38 strikeouts in 38.1 innings in Oakland this season. Madson is also signed for next season. In 2014, he posted a 2.73 ERA and had 22 saves. After a decent season as the Athletics closer past year, Madson returned to the mound in 2017 in a setup role behind Santiago Casilla. His use of his triple-digit sinker, paired with a fastball, slider, and change-up is almost unhittable when he is on.

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Treinen, a former Athletics prospect, has struggled out of the Nats pen for most of 2017. In Treinen, the A's are acquiring a young, controllable reliever who's oozing with talent and potential. He was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Infielder Sheldon Neuse and left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo are expected to be the Oakland prospects in the deal, according to Rosenthal. He was a third round draft pick last season, and has pitched to a 1.32 ERA in three starts for the GCL Nationals this season. He's likely years away from making an impact in the majors. Join the District on Deck team! He has faced them once this season, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings during a 6-2 win at Washington on June 25. His $7.6 million contract made him the highest-paid player on the team.


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