The Washington Nationals have finally struck a deal to boost their ever struggling bullpen.
For the last month, the Washington Nationals have been linked to a number of relievers from Giants closer Mark Melancon to Phillies Pat Neshek but were able to strike a deal and land both Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle. The Washington Nationals did not acquire the duo for easy pickins but they had to part ways with a few promising prospects in RHP Blake Treinen, LHP Jesus Luzardo and 3B Sheldon Neuse.
One of the names that really stands out is pitcher Blake Treinen. Blake Treinen is heading back to where his career first took off and that is with the Oakland Athletics. During Treinen’s five-year tender with the Nationals, he has pitched out of the bullpen and this season Treinen has been a part of the Nationals struggles within their bullpen. This season, Blake Treinen started the season off as the Nationals closer, but was replaced after blowing two saves. Treinen is posting a 5.73 ERA in 37 games this season he can benefit from this relocation and be worked into a relief role with the Athletics. Another prospect dealt to Oakland is Nationals 2016 2nd round pick, Sheldon Neuse. Sheldon Neuse is developing well in the minors and has improved since making the jump to A-Full Season he is batting .291 and is showing off his power skills with 9 home runs and 51 RBI’s in 77 games this season. Both are great additions for the Athletics
As for the Washington Nationals, they boosted their bullpen up and could be looking at using a closer-by-committee role with the addition of Doolittle and Madson. As the trade deadline nears, the Nationals can still be that team that to be exploring potential trades to add more depth to their bullpen, which could put the roles of Joe Blanton, Oliver Perez and Trevor Gott in danger.
Final Grades: Oakland Athletics: B+ | Washington Nationals: A+