Nationals bolster bullpen with Oakland's Doolittle, Madson

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

Washington manager Dusty Baker said he had talked to Madson and Doolittle by the time the Nationals finished their 14-4 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Neuse was the Nationals' second-round pick in 2016.

Madson, 36-year-old, joined the Athletics four years after Doolittle, but debuted with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003.

"I know the guys will feel this a little bit but we're on a little bit different course right now", Melvin said. The long ball has been a big issue for their bullpen, allowing 46 home runs this season which is tied for fifth-most in baseball but are allowing home runs on a MLB-worst 4.1 percent of plate appearances this season.

In three career starts against the Nationals, Feldman is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA, 16 strikeouts and eight walks in 18 innings. He has put together a tremendous career, pitching to a 3.40 ERA in 12 seasons.

Luzardo, 19, was a third-round draft pick in 2016 and is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA at the Gulf Coast Rookie League Nationals in his return from Tommy John surgery on March 22 a year ago.

Luzardo, a 19-year-old starting pitcher, is most likely the better prospect heading to Oakland in this deal.

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He also has been dominating left-handed batters this season. Luzardo, the No. 10 player in the Nationals' system, was a third-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. "There are no hard feelings".

Madson, 36, owns a 2.06 ERA (9 ER/39.1 IP) and ranks in the top ten among Major League relievers in walks/hits per innings pitched (7, 0.79), walks per 9.0 innings (8, 1.37), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (9, 6.50) in 40 appearances for the Oakland Athletics in 2017. Both pitchers have closing experience as well, and would be major upgrades to a Washington bullpen that hasn't found consistency in the closer role all season. His 51 RBIs are the most by any player with as few as 213 at-bats, making his acquisition one Cincinnati's shrewdest moves.

He was unavailable for comment, but Melvin made sure to show his appreciation for the veteran reliever.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that no cash was exchanged in the trade.

Doolittle and Madson are no strangers to Nationals trade rumors.

Doolittle and Madson were both signed through next season and the Nationals have agreed to take on all 11+ million that those two players would have cost. Doolittle signed a five-year, $10.5 million extension in 2014 that has him under contract through 2020.

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