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Nationals Trade Blake Treinen And Prospects For Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle

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Nationals Trade Blake Treinen and Prospects For Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle

The MLB community was waiting all season for the Nationals to make a move regarding their bullpen, and now it has happened. The Nationals traded relief pitcher Blake Treinen and prospects Sheldon Neuse (3B) and Jesus Luzardo (LHP).

Nationals Haul

Washington’s bullpen has been shaky all year, and the team wants to better their chances for success in the playoffs. Adding Madson and Sean Doolittle definitely helps in that regard. Ryan Madson is having a strong 2017, he holds a 2.06 ERA over 39.1 innings pitched with 39 strikeouts. It seems like he is back to being the pitcher he was before his Tommy John Surgery.

The Nationals also acquired relief pitcher Sean Doolittle from Oakland. Doolittle is also having a pretty solid season. He has a 1-0 record with a 3.38 ERA over 21.1 innings pitched and 31 strikeouts. Sean is a strikeout machine, his fastball and slider are notorious for getting swings and misses. His Four seam fastball usually sits around 95 MPH while his slider is around 81 MPH. The speed difference between pitches allows him to use his slider after he sets hitters up with the fastball.

Athletics Haul

In exchange for their relief pitchers, Oakland received relief pitcher Blake Treinen. The 29-year-old right hander has had a rough 2017 so far. Treinen posts a 0-2 record with a 5.73 ERA over 37.2 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts. Hitters are batting a monstrous .320 AVG off the right hander. Treinen did have an impressive 2016, however, his previous seasons were not as strong.

The Athletics also received prospects Sheldon Neuse and Jesus Luzardo. Neuse is a versatile infielder, plays third base, but can move over to shortstop or second. Neuse is a good contact hitter with a decent amount of pop, as well as a strong infielder. He has been playing well with Single A Hagerstown, so expect him to get the promotion to Double A Harrisburg.

Jesus Luzardo is a left handed pitcher who is known for his impressive changeup and solid control. He was drafted by the Nationals in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft. Many scouts see him as a future number 3 or 4 starter. Over 3 games this season, he has posted a 1-0 record with a 1.32 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched with the GCL Nationals.

The Breakdown

This seems like an impressive haul for the Nationals. Washington will have Madson through 2018, and Doolittle through 2019. This creates a stronger window for World Series contention. Madson and Doolittle are veteran arms that can come in and close things down in pressure situations.

The Athletics may be left with more to desire, they are going into a rebuilding stage and they did acquire prospects, but neither prospect they got is in the top 100. Oakland probably should have been able to get some higher ranked prospects in the Nationals trade. Neuse is ranked 6th in the Nationals system and Luzardo is ranked 10th. Prospects are obviously hit or miss, but with neither prospect being a “top” prospect it seems underwhelming.

The Nationals have finally upgraded their struggling bullpen in an effort to push for a world series win, with Madson and Doolittle on the team they should be one step closer to that goal.

The Nationals trade Blake Treinen and prospects Sheldon Neuse (3B) and Jesus Luzardo (LHP). for Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle