That's the genesis of this afternoon's trade that sent righty reliever Blake Treinen, 29, and two prospects - Rookie-league lefty Jesus Luzardo, 19, and low Single-A third baseman Sheldon Neuse, 22 - to the A's for the two relievers.
Including Sunday, Manaea has now allowed 11 earned runs in 33 innings over his last five strikeouts. That being said, there are a couple of weeks before the trade deadline and it wouldn't be surprising to see the Nationals add another bullpen arm to give them even more depth.
Oakland is in obvious sell mode and they may not be done yet as ace starter Sonny Gray has been generating lots of interest around the league. He has spent his entire six-year career with the Athletics. "I'm super grateful for the opportunity the A's gave me, allowing me to transition to pitching".
"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. We've never really committed to a full rebuild. Luzardo, who underwent Tommy John surgery previous year, has three starts in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He has struck out 7.85 batters per nine innings, recorded a 3.65 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.05 walks/hits per innings pitched.
This will be Treinen's second go-around with the A's.
A quick rundown on what the Nats gave up: You know about Treinen, the righty with the nasty stuff and bad command who has pitched to an ERA near 6 this year.
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Fantasy Impact Doolittle figures to be the favorite to close in Washington, however there will likely be some shared duty with Madson as both are fully capable of locking down the back-end of games. Doolittle is 30 and has missed a great deal of time since 2015 with shoulder injuries, which are scary stuff.
This season, Doolittle is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA. Doolittle is particularly devastating against lefties; he hasn't allowed a hit against one this season in 23 at-bats. I will say this, and I've had a lot of conversations with ownership: There is a real commitment to finding a stadium. "It's still sinking in, but I know how the business works and understand how it works here". On the other hand, it's hard to imagine the Nats feeling good about their chances of winning a postseason series without adding a legit closer. In 40 appearances, Madson posted a 2.06 ERA and 39 strikeouts, according to Baseball Reference.
In addition, the Nationals must pay $250,000 assignment bonuses to both pitchers.
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.
He was unavailable for comment, but Melvin made sure to show his appreciation for the veteran reliever.
Both Doolittle and Madson would conceivably help the Nationals bullpen turn things around. "He was always ready to pitch for you in any number of roles".