Nationals Trade for Oakland's Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson

Nationals Trade for Oakland's Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson

Nationals Trade for Oakland's Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson

The Nats and A's, frequent trade partners over the last several years, were able to agree to yet another trade. The Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for three players.

Doolittle, 30, was originally selected in the 1st round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics and broke into the majors in 2012 as a reliever. In his past six outings, Feldman is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA and four quality starts.

Doolittle, 30, has not allowed a hit to a left-handed batter in 23 appearances this season, southpaws going 0-for-23 with 12 strikeouts and no walks. "Both are capable of getting the final three outs, which will help stabilize our entire bullpen". He's under contract through 2018 at minimum, and his contract includes a pair of team options that could keep him in town through 2020.

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Madson, 36, is an experienced reliever.

The A's opted for Santiago Casilla as their closer this season, but Madson has pitched well, compiling a 2.09 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 39.1 innings.

The Nats now have multiple closer options because Madson is also capable of closing and has 86 career saves. Madson is also signed for next season. He now has a 2.06 ERA in 40 games with the Athletics. While moving past the first round is the next task, a World Series is an ultimate goal. The club will now just look to get the best talent it can find, even if the players are in a lower classification such as Neuse and Luzardo. By mid-April, manager Dusty Baker took Treinen out of the closer role, intending to use Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover depending on match-ups. His use of his triple-digit sinker, paired with a fastball, slider, and change-up is almost unhittable when he is on. He has spent his entire Major League Baseball career in Oakland. In Treinen, the A's are acquiring a young, controllable reliever who's oozing with talent and potential.

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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 previous year. Oakland got Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Lozardo and Sheldon Neuse from Washington. Although he is an intriguing prospect, he is still years away from making an impact at the big-league level. Join the District on Deck team!

Doolittle was traded to the Nationals on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. And the players involved made it particularly painful for many A's fans. It appears the days of watching a awful Nats bullpen could finally be behind us.

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