Rizzo has often favored an experienced closer, and Madson provides one who is plenty familiar with getting the final three outs of a game.
The first domino may have fallen on Sunday morning. On the season, he is 1-0 with three saves and a 3.38 ERA (8 ER/21.1 IP). Their bullpen was terrible up to this point (-0.9 combined fWAR) and while they have the best offense in baseball, there is no way they would make it through a postseason with what they had in the bullpen. Doolittle, a 30-year-old left-hander, has been a staple in Oakland's bullpen since he debuted in 2012. Left-handed batters are 0-for-23 with 12 strikeouts and no walks against him. Perhaps best of all for the Nationals, the improvement comes without having to sell the farm.
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Madson is owed the rest of his $7.5 million for this year and is expected to make $7.5 million next year.
But there's a catch. "We can stabilize our entire bullpen". Treinen, 29, started the season as Washington's closer and is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 37 relief appearances, allowing opponents a.320 batting average. He has faced them once this season, allowing two runs on seven hits in seven innings during a 6-2 win at Washington on June 25.
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If you squint your eyes just so, you could fool yourself into believing that the Madson/Doolittle deal is the remedy for Washington's late-game letdowns. He underwent shoulder surgery the following season, but has been a reliable reliever for Oakland during the past two seasons.
The 30-year-old Doolittle, who had suffered injuries since his 2014 All-Star Game appearance, has regained his upper 90's fastball and dominance. But at the time of the trade, neither one of them was working the ninth inning in Oak-town (Santiago Casilla was), and for good reason.
A grizzled veteran at 36, Madson will put the Nats over the competitive balance tax limit by himself.
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From a depth perspective, Madson and Doolittle will bring manager Dusty Baker flexibility in the later innings.