Major League Baseball trade: Nationals address bullpen by acquiring Madson, Doolittle from Athletics

Major League Baseball trade: Nationals address bullpen by acquiring Madson, Doolittle from Athletics

Reliever Blake Treinen, who began the season as Washington's closer, is on his way out West along with minor league pitcher Jesus Luzardo and third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

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. He has not allowed any of the seven inherited runners to score in his past 13 appearances and has held opponents to a.188 batting average.

In what's become a trend over the years in Oakland, losing the hard-throwing, socially conscious Doolittle takes away the team's most popular player from its fans.

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.

General manager Mike Rizzo finally addressed that concern on Sunday. "We can stabilize our entire bullpen".

Over six seasons, the 2014 MLB All-Star has pitched to a 13-13 record with a 3.09 ERA, as well as 36 saves. The Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise has never reached the World Series.

The Washington Nationals could have a fortified bullpen Monday afternoon when they look to complete a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. And both of them have had some arm problems in the past.

"Really what's been missing the last 20 years is keeping these players", Beane said.

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"We're in last place right now and the direction we are heading in is to try and get younger and be disciplined with that plan, particularly as it relates to a new stadium", Beane said.

Treinen started the season as the Nats closer but fell out of favor quickly.

Washington assumes the rest of Madson's $7.5 million salary this season and his $7.5 million salary in 2018. 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 remain under contract past this season. Neuse was a second round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft and was ranked No. 6 in the Nationals' system. Luzardo was recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but debuted this year with a lot of success. In addition, right-handed pitcher Joe Ross was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Oakland selected the contract of right-hander Simon Castro from Triple-A Nashville.

Although he was shocked when he walked into Melvin's office and received the news, Doolittle said he was excited for the opportunity to pitch for a team that has a chance to contend for a championship this year.

All of which is to say, the Nationals still don't have a lights-out, no-brainer option at the back end of their bullpen.

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