In an effort to bolster its bullpen, the Washington Nationals have reportedly acquired Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse.
Washington’s bullpen is statistically the worst in baseball with a 5.34 ERA (149 ER/251.1 innings) and after dabbling in reclamation projects such as Francisco Rodriguez, they decided to get established arms.
Doolittle, 30, has appeared in 23 games for the A’s in 2017, pitching to a 1-0 record with a 3.38 ERA, 2.35 FIP, 0.656 WHIP and 13.1 K/9 across 21 1/3 innings.
The southpaw’s best season perhaps came in 2014 as he appeared in his lone All-Star game and recorded 22 saves for Oakland.
Also heading to Washington is long-time Philadelphia Phillie, Ryan Madson.
Madson, 36, is 2-4 with a 2.06 ERA, 2.43 FIP, 0.788 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 in 40 games for the Athletics this year.
After a three-year hiatus where Madson labored through injuries, he reestablished himself in 2015 with the Kansas City Royals and worked as a fireman, closing out 30 games for Oakland last year.
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Packing his bags for California is Blake Treinen, who worked as a closer for Washington earlier this season, but has mightily struggled, pitching to a 5.73 ERA in 37 games for the Nats on the campaign.
Prospects Sheldon Neuse and Jesus Luzardo were ranked as the No. 6 and No. 10 Nationals prospects, respectively, by MLB.com.