A's Trade Relievers Doolittle, Madson to Washington

Cesar Mills
July 17, 2017

Washington will part with reliever Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

This is pretty simple.

The Nationals' bullpen has posted a 5.34 ERA this year, which is worst in baseball, and they are just one of two bullpens in baseball with an ERA over 5.00 along with the Tigers. The Athletics would stand to get a good return for them if they are dealt.

While it seems as though the A's have already been rebuilding the past few years, Beane said it has been frustrating to develop homegrown talent only to trade it away once they get successful, an issue he believes will no longer exist once a new stadium is in place.

Sean Doolittle, a 30-year-old lefty, has pitched primarily as a setup man this season, working the eighth inning in 12 of his 23 appearances for Oakland. He has been a closer in Philadelphia as well, so he brings ample closer experience to the situation. He's 0-2 with three saves and a 5.73 ERA in 37 appearances.

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Madson has a 2.11 ERA, which is a career-best. Unfortunately, his track record (career 3.40 ERA) is not that of a dominant reliever, but he is competent. The Nationals have six losses when leading entering the ninth inning, most in baseball and, they now trail the Dodgers by eight games for home-field advantage.

For the time being, they will likely serve as a lefty/righty platoon in the closer spot.

Incidents such as Saturday night, when Austin Adams and Trevor Gott combined to give up six hits, two walks and seven runs without recording a single out, only make matters more hard.

Treinen, 29, was 8-11 with a 3.39 ERA in 185 games for the Nationals from 2014-2017. Madson dealt with injuries and was out of the majors for three years before rebounding with the Kansas City Royals, and signing a big contract with the Oakland Athletics. "They both have had arm problems, so it could be both of them". He has a 3.48 career FIP with a 3.75 FIP this season. So, while the basic numbers might look bad, the A's probably get back at least someone that can produce equivalent to what Madson was doing for far less. Luzardo is the team's 10th best. Neuse is a versatile infielder, plays third base, but can move over to shortstop or second. He has nine home runs on the season and has an.818 OPS.

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