Nationals bolster bullpen with A’s relievers Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle

The Nationals, looking to bolster baseball’s leakiestbullpen, on Sunday acquired A’s relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson for right-hander Blake Treinen and two prospects, the teamsannounced.The first-place Nats are 54-36 entering Sunday’s play despite a bullpen that has blown 14 save opportunities and ranks dead-last in the majors with a 5.34 ERA.Madson, 36,has a 2.06 ERA with one save and 39 strikeouts in 40 games this season, andDoolittle, 30, has pitched has a 3.38 ERA with three saves and 31 strikeouts in 23 games.Still, neither is considered a lock to inherit the closer’s role, which could indicate that Washington isn’t done dealing to bolster its bullpen.Madson, a right-hander, will be paid just over $15 million through next season. Doolittle, a left-hander, will be under team control through 2020 with a $4.35 million salary for next season and then $6 million options in 2019 and ’20.The A’s get Treinen, a sinkerballer who is 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 37 2/3 innings over 37 games, as well as minor-league infielder Sheldon Neuse and left-hander Jesus Luzardo.



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