Washington Nationals Acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle From Oakland Athletics

Washington Nationals Acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle From Oakland Athletics

Washington Nationals Acquire Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle From Oakland Athletics

We've been waiting all year for the Nationals to trade for a closer.

This is pretty simple. The Nationals' bullpen WHIP is 1.47, second-worst in baseball. They also hosted, planned and financed a Thanksgiving dinner for refugee families in Chicago, which is where Dolan is from, according to the New York Times. He has been a closer in Philadelphia as well, so he brings ample closer experience to the situation.

Madson, 36, has allowed just one earned run in 14 innings with 12 strikeouts over his past 13 appearances. He has only one save, but is averaging a strikeout per inning and has a 0.788 WHIP on the season. Fortunately, he remained consistent with an ERA often in the low 3.00s each year in his career even in 2015 when he spent most of the year sidelined.

Rizzo said he wasn't sure when Madson and Doolittle would be joining the Nationals.

This season, Doolittle is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. He's 0-2 with three saves and a 5.73 ERA in 37 appearances. As a lefty, he gives the Nationals some balance to their bullpen that they didn't have before. He had some memorable blown saves, but he has also had some memorably good playoff performances and has 11 strikeouts in those nine innings.

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However, offensive categories are not the only place where the Nationals lead the major leagues. Under contract for next year, he will make $7.67 million this year. "They both have had arm problems, so it could be both of them". 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. Neuse, a third baseman, was batting.291 with an.818 OPS for Class A Hagerstown this season. The 22-year-old was ranked by MLB.com as the Nats' No. 6 prospect. Luzardo is in his first season as a professional at 19.

On top of their obvious value on the mound, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson are signed to extremely affordable deals.

By adding Madson and Doolittle, the Nationals get a pair of proven veteran relievers who instantly improve manager Dusty Baker's bullpen.

The Nationals have been leading the NL East for the entire season but their bullpen had been costing them games and giving up a lot of runs in the process.

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