On Sunday, July 16th, the Oakland Athletics traded Relief Pitchers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals for Relief Pitcher Blake Treinen and two additional prospects.

The two prospects in the deal are P Jesus Luzardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse, both of which are in the top ten in Oaklands farm system.

Doolittle leaves a team where he once dominated as a closer. He has had a rough season so far posting a 3.38 ERA with three saves and 31 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings. He is 1-0 on the season. At 30 years old and still under team control until 2020, he could be a force in the Nationals bullpen which has been last in the league in ERA and opposing batting average.

The always solid Reliever Ryan Madson has posted a 2.06 ERA in 39 1/3 innings. He played the role of Closer last season and had 30 saves. The 36 year old is currently 7th in the league among Relief Pitcher in WHIP at 0.79. Madson is also under control until the end of next season.

Blake Treinen, 29, started the season as the Closer for the Nationals and blew that chance. He is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA and two saves in 37 2/3 innings so far this season. Treinen is under team control through 2020 with arbitration. I don’t see the Athletics keeping him around after this season.

Luzardo, 19, is a 2016 third-round pick who ran into a problem in his devolpment in March 2016 when he had Tommy John surgery. In 2017 so far he has made three starts in rookie ball going 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA.

Neuse, 22, was the Nationals second round pick in the 2016 draft. In Class A he is hitting .291 with nine homeruns and 51 runs batted in. 

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