Washington Nationals get two pitchers in trade with Oakland Athletics

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 17, 2017

Doolittle joins Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes as popular former All-Stars who were traded by Oakland, which is rumored to be on the brink of trading starter Sonny Gray, another ex-All-Star. I grew up in the green & gold and I appreciate everything the A's have done for me over the last 10 years.

Nationals closer Koda Glover converted eight of 10 save chances but has not pitched since June 10 because of severe inflammation of the rotator cuff.

Luzardo, 19, was Washington's 10th-ranked prospect according to MLB.com and was the Nats' third-round pick in 2016. He has a 3.48 career FIP with a 3.75 FIP this season. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. After a decent season as the Athletics closer a year ago, Madson returned to the mound in 2017 in a setup role behind Santiago Casilla. They could also go out and seek similar reclamation projects they can bring in and then flip for prospects like they did with Madson and Doolittle.

Doolittle is a 30-year-old left-hander who has held left-handed batters hitless in 23 at-bats this year with 12 strikeouts and no walks.

Doolittle has battled injuries the last few seasons, but has put up a solid 3.38 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 21.1 innings this season.

To the surprise of many, Madson is the better pitcher this year.

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"It's really surreal", Doolittle said. This appears more appropriate for the 36-year-old who now owns a 2.06 ERA through almost 40 innings.

The Reds (39-52) will counter with right-hander Scott Feldman, their most consistent starting pitcher this season. To make this trade even more impressive, Mike Rizzo was able to acquire two impact relievers without trading any of the Nats' top prospects.

He was unavailable for comment, but Melvin made sure to show his appreciation for the veteran reliever.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the news.

Doolittle and Madson are no strangers to Nationals trade rumors. While Madson is signed through 2018 and will receive $7.5 million next year, Doolittle's contract spans through 2020 with team options beginning in 2019.

Gennett, who is having a big season after being claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers in late March, is 4-for-8 with a double, three home runs and six RBIs against Strasburg, including 2-for-3 with a double and homer against him in a 6-5, 11-inning loss at Washington on June 23.

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