Nationals upgrade bullpen with Doolittle and Madson

In this case, the Nats parted ways with Treinen and two prospects, Neuse and Luzardo.

Madson, 36, is an experienced reliever.

“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. This season he owns a 3.38 ERA in 23 appearances.

This season, Doolittle is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. With two blown saves, Treinen posted a 5.73 ERA in 37.2 innings pitched.

In return, Oakland will snag Treinen, who opened the year as the Nats best option in the pen. Reliever Blake Treinen, who began the season as Washington’s closer, is on his way out West along with minor league pitcher Jesus Luzardo and third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

Luzardo, 19, was a third-round draft pick in 2016 and is 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA at the Gulf Coast Rookie League Nationals in his return from Tommy John surgery on March 22 previous year.

He also has been dominating left-handed batters this season. A second-round pick in last year’s Draft, Neuse has batted.291/.349/.469 with nine homers and 12 steals at Low-A Hagerstown this season. He was a third round draft pick last season, and has pitched to a 1.32 ERA in three starts for the GCL Nationals this season.

Although he was shocked when he walked into Melvin’s office and received the news, Doolittle said he was excited for the opportunity to pitch for a team that has a chance to contend for a championship this year. His 51 RBIs are the most by any player with as few as 213 at-bats, making his acquisition one Cincinnati’s shrewdest moves.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that no cash was exchanged in the trade. Both Doolittle and Madson have a better WHIP than any pitcher in the Nationals bullpen.

Madson now sports a 2.06 ERA and 6.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Both pitchers have closing experience as well, and would be major upgrades to a Washington bullpen that hasn’t found consistency in the closer role all season.

Madson still has the remaining portion of his $7.5 million deal this year and $7.5 million next season.

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.