Nationals Trade for Oakland's Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson

Nationals Trade for Oakland's Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson

If we assume that the Nationals will have 20 more save opportunities between now and the end of the season then it is not inconcievable that both pitchers could wind up with ten saves or more.

Doolittle will immediately become one of the top hurlers out of Washington's bullpen following a trade that saw fellow reliever Ryan Madson head over to the National League as well. He was one of the best firemen in baseball a year ago, he was starting to look more like his old self in recent weeks and he still throws one of the hardest sinkers in the sport. Adding Madson and Sean Doolittle definitely helps in that regard. Madson has a 2.06 ERA and a 2.43 FIP in 39.1 innings in 2017. Doolittle signed a five-year, $10.5 million extension in 2014 that has him under contract through 2020. Doolittle is also having a pretty solid season.

Doolittle, meanwhile, has recorded a 3.38 ERA, 0.656 WHIP, 31 strikeouts and two walks in 21.1 innings. Both relievers are also well-versed in the setup role and both are effective against right-handed and left-handed hitters. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

Luzardo is a 19-year-old left-handed pitcher just getting his start in pro ball. Acquired from the A's in January, 2013, Treinen was a seventh-round selection of the A's in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Many scouts see him as a future number 3 or 4 starter.

Despite a career 3.39 ERA, Treinen is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 37 relief appearances this year, along with three saves.

The Washington Nationals know that their powerful lineup and impressive rotation make them one of the forerunners to win the National League pennant. The Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise has never reached the World Series.

Even though the entire Nats bullpen has been a train wreck since Day 1, the caboose of said train wreck - the shiny red thing at the end that sticks out above and beyond the rest of the mess - has been the closer. If the front office could steal one or two more players like this in the future, they could continue to walk away with good talent at a fraction of the price. Oakland probably should have been able to get some higher ranked prospects in the Nationals trade.

Luzardo and Neuse represent the very definition of middling prospects that might turn into something, but will likely serve as organizational depth. Prospects are obviously hit or miss, but with neither prospect being a "top" prospect it seems underwhelming.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said on Fantasy Sports Radio on SiriusXM on Monday morning that Ryan Madson was the team's initial target with the Athletics before the deal was expanded to include Sean Doolittle.

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