Nationals eyeing Doolittle, Madson

by Steven Clarke July 19, 2017, 0:08
Nationals eyeing Doolittle, Madson

The A's opted for Santiago Casilla as their closer this season, but Madson has pitched well, compiling a 2.09 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. Although Madson's contract isn't as team-friendly as Doolittle's, it is still reasonable for a pitcher with his experience and talent.

The only time he ever served as the full-time closer, in 2014, he saved 22 of 26 chances and compiled a 2.73 ERA while making the All-Star Game.

Although a shoulder strain placed him on the disabled list in early-May, Doolittle maintained a 3.38 ERA with three saves in 21.1 innings pitched. His numbers overall look frightful, but that's thanks in part to two meltdowns out of three outings in June, including one when he was pitching hurt and just hadn't told the Nats. Unfortunately for the Nats, it seemed he didn't have his best stuff for most of this season, struggling in save situations especially. In Treinen, the A's are acquiring a young, controllable reliever who's oozing with talent and potential. He was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Oakland got Blake Treinen and prospects Jesus Lozardo and Sheldon Neuse from Washington. The newspaper said the team is strongly interested in a 13-acre site near downtown that now is headquarters of the Peralta Community College District. Although they had to part ways with Treinen and two prospects, this was an excellent trade and will immediately address a huge need. Even a decade ago, that would've been a big problem, but given how much increased importance has been placed on having multiple studly late-inning relievers in recent years in the postseason, the Nationals' going out for at least three new relievers makes a ton of sense.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported in June the Nationals could also be interested in the San Francisco Giants' Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Tony Watson, Kansas City Royals closer Kelvin Herrera or Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson. It appears the days of watching a awful Nats bullpen could finally be behind us.

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