Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Washington Nationals Acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle From Oakland Athletics

Washington Nationals Acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle From Oakland Athletics

Washington acquired left-hander Sean Doolittle and righty Ryan Madson from the Athletics in exchange for righty Blake Treinen, left-hander Jesus Luzardo and third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

Luzardo and Neuse were two of the Nationals' top 10 prospects.

Madson has a 2.06 ERA this season and 86 career saves as a reliever so he'd be the most likely player to close with Doolittle potentially setting him up. He offers a phenomenal 31:2 K:BB and should provide a steadying presence in high-leverage situations - perhaps with some save chances - for the Nationals moving forward. Under contract for next year, he will make $7.67 million this year.

Treinen, along with Liam Hendriks and Daniel Coulombe are expected to fill the late-inning roles that are vacated by Doolittle and Madson.

The Nationals (55-36) will be looking to sweep the Reds in a four-game series for the first time since July 20-23, 1989, when they were still the Montreal Expos. Washington has never swept a four-game series at Cincinnati.

"They're extremely excited to get into the mix and pitch for a contender", Baker said, choosing not to name one of them the closer. "We gave up one quality player and got two".

Major League Baseball insider Ken Rosenthal reports the Washington Nationals are putting their focus on acquiring two members of the Oakland Athletics bullpen. "They both have had arm problems, so it could be both of them". Washington acquires options for Doolittle at $6 million for 2019 and $6.5 million in 2020, with a $500,000 buyout if either is declined.

Both pitchers are signed through next season, so the Nationals can go into the offseason with some stability in the back end of their bullpen for 2018. The hard-throwing sinkerballer led all Major League relievers in coaxing double plays from his opponent in 2016 with 17 and entered Sunday's game ranked second in MLB for the 2017 season in that category.

Washington right-hander Joe Ross, who is to have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Luzardo, 19, was a third-round draft pick in 2016 and is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA at the Gulf Coast Rookie League Nationals in his return from Tommy John surgery on March 22 a year ago. For the kid who fell in love with baseball the Coliseum when he was 4 years old, getting drafted by the Oakland was a dream come true.

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