With their bullpen reeling with every passing day, the Washington Nationals are on the hunt for reinforcements. They may have found a couple of arms.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals consider Oakland Athletics’ reliever Ryan Madson and Detroit Tigers’ reliever Justin Wilson as “prime bullpen targets.”
Madson, the 36-year-old righty, is currently in the second year of a three-year, $22 million dollar deal with the Athletics. As a result, the Nationals would have him under contract for the remainder of this year as well as the duration of next season.
In 2017, Madson has been a solid force out of the Athletics’ bullpen. Recording a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings pitched, as well as maintaining a WHIP just beneath one, Madson has been reliable in a setup role for the Athletics. If dealt to the nation’s capital, he’d likely assume that same role.
On the other hand, Justin Wilson would be a well welcomed addition to the Nationals’ bullpen too. Outside of Enny Romero, the Nationals have received little to no impact from their southpaws; Wilson could be the lefty arm they’ve been looking for.
After a shaky 2016 season, Wilson has bounced back this year. Recording a 2.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched, as well as striking out 39 batters, Wilson has been a consistent force out of the Tigers’ pen. If acquired, the Nationals would have Wilson under team control for the remainder of this year, as well as the duration of next season.
While the Nationals view both Madson and Wilson as “prime bullpen targets,” they’re yet in engage in deep discussions with either team about such a trade.