Few things are as inevitable as an Oakland/Washington trade.
The two teams renewed their bonds by striking a deal today:
The Nationals receive two high leverage relievers who may ultimately share the closer duties in Washington. Neither are purely rentals–Madson is signed through 2018 and Doolittle has a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020–which may have prompted Mike Rizzo to be willing to agree to both trading good prospects and receiving no money in the deal.
Before discussing the prospects, let us, along with A’s fans, welcome Treinen back to him original team. As you may recall, Treinen was dealt to Washington in a 3-team deal that netted Oakland John Jaso.
As for the prospects, Sheldon Neuse and Jesus Luzardo were ranked in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook 15th and 17th respectively. Our former Nationals writer was much more optimistic, ranking them 9th and 8th in our preseason rankings.
His comments on Neuse:
Neuse was the Nats 2nd round pick, 58th overall, in the 2016 draft. Nice swing for average power. Don’t think he comes up until 2019-2020. Fantasy impact 3/10.
Luzardo was the Nats 3rd round pick in 2016. Decent FB and control of his all his pitches. Young and needs some time to develop. Don’t think he comes up until 2019 at the earliest. Fantasy impact 4/10.
Neuse has continued to perform at an equivalent level to last year. He’s added a bit of power and has neither decreased his walk rate or increased his strikeout rate by significant margins to do so. However, he is roughly a year older than the average player at Single-A, so he will need to continue to improve.
Luzardo has only recently returned to action after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2016. In a very small sample size of just under 14 innings, he has looked everything like the prospect who would have been drafted much earlier had it not been for the surgery.