The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired RHP Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals in exchange for RHP Andrew Istler.
For the Dodgers, Madson can deliver help to the bullpen, and is a vet that will help them in the postseason and down the stretch. They only give up one prospect for him, but get him for just a month.
Madson, 38, has a 5.28 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, four saves and 41 strikeouts in 44.1 innings for the Nats this year. In his MLB career for the Nats, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Philadelphia Phillies, Madson has an ERA of 3.45 with a 1.24 WHIP, 91 saves, plus 762 strikeouts in 861.1 innings.
For the Nats, they don\’t need Madson, as he is a pending free agent, and they aren\’t making the playoffs. They get Istler, a soon to be 26 year old who needs a good spring training next year if he wants to make the team.
Istler, now 25, has a 2.37 ERA, .89 WHIP and 73 strikeouts in 79.2 innings between High-A, AA and AAA this year.
I think this is an even trade. The Dodgers get the reliever they need, and the Nats get a farmhand.