Athletics Trade Sean Doolittle And Ryan Madson To Nationals

The Washington Nationals have found some much-needed bullpen help. The Nationals landed a pair of relievers in Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle in a trade with the Oakland Athletics

That's Blake Treinen, who was the Nationals' closer this year. However, he struggled and was replaced. The Nats have tried to employ a closer-by-committee approach for much of the year. The Nationals have blown 14 saves this year, most in the MLB. 

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Both Doolittle and Madson have severed as set-up men this year for the As. However, they do have a combined four saves. The 36-year-old Madson is signed through 2018 and is owed $7.6 million per year. Doolittle is under team control until 2020. 

Madson has pitched great thus far, with a career-best 2.11 ERA and just a .809 WHIP. Doolittle, has posted a 3.38 ERA and a 0.656 WHIP. 

Per, Neuse is the Nationals' No. 6 prospect. Luzardo is the team's 10th best. 

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