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Washington Nationals’ Project Bullpen: Nats add Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson; Is Mike Rizzo done dealing?

July 16th, 2017 at 7:39 PM
By Sports Media 101

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So, are the Washington Nationals done dealing for bullpen help after acquiring both left-hander Sean Doolittle and right-hander Ryan Madson from the Oakland A’s this afternoon?

Not to put words in anyone’s mouth, but listening to General Manager Mike Rizzo and Nationals’ skipper Dusty Baker’s comments after today’s win over the Cincinnati Reds, it kind of sounded like this might be the big move for the bullpen.

“With Madson and Doolittle we get two quality human beings first and foremost,” Rizzo told reporters in Great American Ball Park.

He described the Nationals’ new relievers as, “… great teammates,” and, “guys that are experienced in what they’re going to do,” and said that in today’s trade Washington, got, “… guys with big stuff that have pitched at the end of baseball games, both of them capable of getting the final three outs, and I think it’s something that will stabilize our entire bullpen.”

“We needed some help,” Baker said, in a separate interview.

“We got two quality guys. Both of them have been closers at some point in time. [The A's] got what they wanted, some young players and Treinen — which I hate to give up Treinen, but you’ve got to give up something to get something. We got …

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Tags: Athletics, Baker said, in a separate interview, Cincinnati Reds, July 16, 2017, Nationals and A’s make another deal; Nats add bullpen arms..., Rizzo told reporters, Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals

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