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Nationals acquire bullpen help in Doolittle, Madson

July 16th, 2017 at 2:02 PM
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Sean Doolittle is heading to the Nationals as part of a trade. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

As impressive as the Washington Nationals have been in compiling the second-best record in the National League (54-36 going into Sunday’s play, resulting in a 9.5-game lead in the NL East), their shoddy bullpen looked to be a significant obstacle in the postseason.

General manager Mike Rizzo finally addressed that concern on Sunday. The Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for three players. 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.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was the first to report news of the trade.

Upgrading the bullpen was absolutely crucial for the Nationals, who have the worst reliever ERA in the major leagues at 5.34. Opposing batters are also …

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Tags: MLB, Nationals get vital bullpen upgrade, Oakland Athletics, Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals

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