The Dodgers went out and added yet another bullpen arm, acquiring right-hander Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals. On the season, Madson is 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA.
August has been particularly rough for the 38-year-old. In 6 2⁄3 innings, he’s allowed seven runs. His ERA is the highest it’s been since 2006.
Last year, Madson saw one of the better seasons of his career. In the first-half with Oakland, he owned a 2.06 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP. After being traded mid-season to Washington, he was even better, posting a 1.37 ERA.
Hopefully for Madson and the Dodgers, he can recapture what has made him a successful pitcher throughout his career and help LA make a postseason push.
And yes, the Dodgers are able to remain under the luxury threshold.
Ryan Madson is making $7.5 million this year, the final season of a 3/$22m deal per Cot's (https://t.co/Pk4Utrvdmd)— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) August 31, 2018
With 31 days left in the season...
Yes there is room under the $197m CBT threshold https://t.co/QTEWyUuy3j
To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Adam Liberatore was designated for assignment. The lefty struggled in Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, giving up 16 runs (10 earned) and 29 hits over 17 1⁄3 innings of work.
In exchange for Madson, the Dodgers sent minor-league pitcher Andrew Istler to the Nationals. The right-handed Istler, who turns 26 in mid-September, was drafted in the 23rd round by Los Angeles in 2015.
#Nationals are getting Andrew Istler from #Dodgers for Madson— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 31, 2018