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Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson sent to desperate Nationals

July 16th, 2017 at 2:50 PM
By Sports Media 101

Mark July 16 as the day they tried to fix it, for better or worse.

The Washington Nationals traded two prospects and deposed closer Blake Treinen Sunday to the Oakland A’s for relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, both of whom have been closers before.

Washington sent left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo, a third-round pick from last season, and infielder Sheldon Neuse, a second-round pick from 2016, to Oakland. Luzardo was in the Rookie League. Neuse was hitting .291 for Single-A Hagerstown.

The move comes a day after the Nationals’ bullpen pitchers provided further heart palpitations by turning a 10-0 eighth-inning lead into an evening filled with consternation. Washington won 10-7 in Cincinnati, after sigh-inducing, here-we-go-again innings before it was over. The next day, general manager Mike Rizzo was able to complete the deal for two veteran relievers.

The right-handed Madson arrives with a 2.06 ERA this season, his 12th in the major leagues, and a chance to be the new closer. Since becoming a full-time reliever in 2007, Madson‘s ERA is 2.82. He was a closer in 2011 and 2016.

There is a large gap in his career …

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Tags: Mike Rizzo, Oakland, Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, Sports

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