Sean Doolittle, former UVA pitcher and reliever for the Oakland A’s, was traded to the Washington Nationals this morning.
Doolittle will be reunited with Cavalier teammate Ryan Zimmerman in DC. Both players starred for Virginia in 2005 when Doolittle was also a slugger at first base. “The Doc” will help a Nationals bullpen which has struggled en route to the worst ERA in the major leagues. Doolittle was an All-Star closer for the A’s in 2014 with a 2.73 ERA and 22 saves but had two injury filled seasons in 2015 and 2016. Fully healthy now, he has a 3.38 ERA in 23 appearances for the A’s this season. Fortunately for the Nationals and local UVA fans, Doolittle is signed through 2018 with options for two further seasons.