What will Madson and Doolittle bring to Nationals bullpen?

What will Madson and Doolittle bring to Nationals bullpen?

Madson and Doolittle are having good seasons for an Athletics team going nowhere.

In what's become a trend over the years in Oakland, losing the hard-throwing, socially conscious Doolittle takes away the team's most popular player from its fans. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, Doolittle has posted a 3.38 ERA with a 0.66 WHIP during 21.2 innings of work. The Nationals' second-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Oklahoma, Neuse has split his time between shortstop and third base.

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 past year. Luzardo, who underwent Tommy John surgery past year, has three starts in the rookie Gulf Coast League. When healthy, Doolittle is one of the elite left-handed relievers in baseball, but the biggest challenge for the Nationals will be keeping him healthy. In his past six outings, Feldman is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA and four quality starts.

Although he was shocked when he walked into Melvin's office and received the news, Doolittle said he was excited for the opportunity to pitch for a team that has a chance to contend for a championship this year. Treinen was one of the top setup men in the National League last season, but he struggled as the Nationals' closer early this season and looked like he needed a change of scenery. Madson is also signed for next season. I was very fortunate to play for you and call The Town home for so many years.

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

Last year, despite saving 30 games, Madson posted a 3.62 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP, neither of which screams "shutdown reliever".

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

Although Washington's payroll plumped up with the addition of Madson and Doolittle (combined, they're owed more than $5 million for the remainder of this season and just over $12 million next year), general manager Mike Rizzo didn't have to part with outfielder Victor Robles or any of the club's other most prized prospects.