Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Nationals bolster bullpen with Oakland's Doolittle, Madson

Nationals bolster bullpen with Oakland's Doolittle, Madson

He has spent his entire six-year career with the Athletics.

Though the A's bullpen as a unit has had similar struggles this season to Washington's, Madson and Doolittle were not complicit in those struggles. The hard-throwing sinkerballer led all Major League relievers in coaxing double plays from his opponent in 2016 with 17 and entered Sunday's game ranked second in MLB for the 2017 season in that category.

Doolittle, 30, was an All-Star in 2014.

"Losing those two guys will be tough, and I know the guys will feel it a little bit too, but we're in a little different course right now, and we really like the guys that we're bringing back", Melvin said. On the season, he is 1-0 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA (8 ER/21.1 IP). Neuse is a decent third base prospect now in A ball. He was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in three starts this season in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, with no walks and 15 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.

Neuse and Luzardo are both considered top-10 prospects in the Nationals' farm system.

Left-hander Doolittle also has closing experience, having saved 22 games (with 89 strikeouts in 62.2 innings) in 2014. Since returning to the majors in 2015, his ERA in the ninth inning (3.43) is more than a run higher than it is in the seventh and eighth (2.26).

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Nationals bolster bullpen with Oakland's Doolittle, Madson

Madson served as the Athletics closer last season before settling in as their setup man this year. When healthy, Doolittle is one of the elite left-handed relievers in baseball, but the biggest challenge for the Nationals will be keeping him healthy.

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

Incidents such as Saturday night, when Austin Adams and Trevor Gott combined to give up six hits, two walks and seven runs without recording a single out, only make matters more hard.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the news.

The Reds (39-52) will counter with right-hander Scott Feldman, their most consistent starting pitcher this season.

Although Washington's payroll plumped up with the addition of Madson and Doolittle (combined, they're owed more than $5 million for the remainder of this season and just over $12 million next year), general manager Mike Rizzo didn't have to part with outfielder Victor Robles or any of the club's other most prized prospects.

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When asked if he has considered leaving, he told Marca: "No, everything has been complicated by my injury, but nothing else". "The truth is I didn't read anything about United's interested".

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