Nationals Acquire Madson and Doolittle Relievers from Oakland

The Nationals acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the A’s on Sunday for pitcher Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse.

Madson, a 12-year veteran of the Big Tent, is 2-4 and has a 2.06 ERA in 40 appearances this season. In three years since an operation was made Tommy John, the right-hand man records 2.69 of EFE in 171 games.

Doolittle has a 3.38 ERA in 23 appearances this season, and has not given up three innings in his last three appearances.

The Nationals bullpen currently occupy the basement in the majors in effectiveness (5.34), batting average against (.280) and OPS (.825).

Neuse and Luzardo were the 6th and 10th best prospects in Washington, respectively, according to Neuse, a third baseman, batted .291 with nine home runs and 51 RBIs for Hagerstown’s Advanced A-Class this year. Left-handed Luzardo had 1-0 and 1.32 of EFE in three starts this season by the GCL Nationals of the Gulf Coast League.

Treinen is 8-11 and has a 3.39 ERA in 185 games for the Nationals from 2014 to 2017.

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