Nationals acquire relievers Madson, Doolittle from As
Sports Xchange - Monday 17th July, 2017
CINCINNATI -- The Washington Nationals added some much-needed bullpen depth on Sunday when they acquired right-hander Ryan Madson and left-hander Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics in exchange right-hander Blake Treinen and two minor league prospects.
The Nationals also sent left-hander Jesus Luzardo and third baseman Sheldon Neuse to the A's.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Despite a 54-36 record and 9 1/2-game lead in the National League East, Washington's bullpen has been cause for concern with a 5.34 ERA, which ranks last in the major leagues.
Over his past 13 outings, Madson, 36, has allowed just one earned run in 14 innings with five holds and 12 strikeouts. He did not walk a batter during this stretch and did not allow any of the seven runners he inherited to score.
In the 30-year-old Doolittle, the Nationals get a dominant left-hander who has not allowed a hit to a left-handed batter in 23 appearances this season. Lefties are 0-for-23 with 12 strikeouts and no walks against him.
Either Madson or Doolittle could fill the Nationals' fluid closer's role.
Madson had 30 saves in 2016 while Doolittle has 36 saves during his six major league seasons, including 22 in 2014 when he was an American League All-Star.
Washington paid a price to acquire Madson and Doolittle, giving up a proven big-league reliever in Treinen and a pair of highly regarded prospects.
Treinen, 29, was 8-11 with a 3.39 ERA in 185 games for the Nationals from 2014-2017 and currently ranks second in the major leagues in double-play grounders.
Luzardo, 19, is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in three starts for the Nationals' affiliate in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. He was selected by the Nationals in the third round of the 2016 draft.
Neuse, 22, is hitting .291 with nine home runs and 51 RBIs in 77 games for Class A Hagerstown. He was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2016 draft.
The Nationals also transferred right-hander Joe Ross to the 60-day disabled list. Ross will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and will miss the remainder of the season
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