It is no secret that the Washington Nationals bullpen has struggled all season long, and the National League East ball club isn’t wasting any time in the second half. With the non-waiver trade deadline still several weeks away, the Nationals have already addressed their struggling bullpen by acquiring two veteran relief pitchers from the Oakland Athletics.
Both left-hander Sean Doolittle and right-hander Ryan Madson will be heading to our nation’s capital in exchange for three players. The Nationals will be sending right-hander Blake Treinen and two prospects in left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo and third baseman Sheldon Neuse back to Oakland.
#Athletics trade Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington for RHP Blake Treinen, INF Sheldon Neuse and LHP Jesus Luzardo
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 16, 2017
The 30-year-old Doolittle had previously spent his entire six-year big league career as a member of the Athletics, a stint that includes the early part of the 2017 campaign. Over the course of just 23 relief appearances for Oakland in 2017, the veteran southpaw had compiled a 3.38 ERA alongside a 1-0 record, three saves, eight holds and one blown save. He had also managed 31 strikeouts against just two walks across 21.1 innings pitched.
The 36-year-old Madson will now be suiting up for his fourth big league club overall. After originally spending nine years with the Philadelphia Phillies, he has since played for both the Athletics and Kansas City Royals. Having already made 40 relief appearances this year, Madson has registered a 2.06 ERA in addition to a 2-4 record, one save, 14 holds and three blown saves. Over the course of 39.1 innings of work in all, he added 39 strikeouts against six walks as well.