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Washington Nationals Acquire the Bullpen Help They So Desperately Need

Of all the potential deals that were expected to take place around the MLB trade deadline, the Washington Nationals acquisition of a reliever or two seemed among the most inevitable.

Over the weekend, Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane hooked up on a trade that sent two of the A's best relievers, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington in exchange for reliever Blake Treinen and two prospects, left-hander Jesus Luzardo and third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

That Washington was able to acquire two high quality relief arms without giving up any of their top prospects makes this yet another great deal for Rizzo and the Nationals.