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A’s send Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Nats

The last remaining player from all three of the A’s 2012-14 playoff teams was traded Sunday when the A’s sent Sean Doolittle to the Washington Nationals, along with fellow reliever Ryan Madson. Doolittle, an All-Star in 2014, suggested that Green Day’s “Time of Your Life” would have to be employed to sum up his time in Oakland. “We’re going to put together a montage with that Green Day song and there’s going to be a bunch of highlights and stuff,” he said. There are a lot of great memories from the ’12-13-14 teams, and there are also a lot of great people I’m going to miss. The stuff I’m going to look back and miss the most is the friendships I’ve built; the rapport with the fans is really special, and something I’ll never forget. Doolittle was packaged with Madson and sent to NL East-leading Washington in exchange for onetime Oakland minor-league reliever Blake Treinen, minor-league infielder Sheldon Neuse and minor-league left-hander Jesus Luzardo. Treinen will join Oakland’s bullpen Monday. Doolittle was the closer for the 2014 team and was a key figure in the bullpen the previous two seasons, too, after a remarkable transition from playing first base to pitching that took less than 10 months. “He’s meant so much to this team, not only on the field but off the field and in the community,” manager Bob Melvin said. Ryan Madson is as easy a reliever to manage as I’ve ever had; by the time the game comes, he’ll be ready to pitch for you in any number of roles. Doolittle and Madson had been pitching particularly well the past month or so, and Washington had scouted the team for much of that stretch. Madson, 36, has allowed just two runs over his past 16 outings, and no left-handed batter has a hit off Doolittle since October — lefties are 0-for-23 with 12 strikeouts against him this season. [...] the Nationals are a powerhouse that lacks only a consistent bullpen. “I’m still a little bit in shock, but that’s not to say I’m not super excited to be headed where I’m headed,” said Doolittle, who is from the southern part of New Jersey and attended the University of Virginia. [...] they’re in a good position. Going with bullpen pal Madson is a plus, Doolittle said. Sometimes it’s the nature of how things work around the deadline, where a team makes a move the new acquisition is seen as the savior; Doolittle, 30, figured out what was happening when he was called into Melvin’s office and found general manager David Forst there. [...] Doolittle had seen the recent rumblings, with the A’s out of the race and going young; team leader Stephen Vogt had been waived in June, and third baseman Trevor Plouffe was traded earlier that month. “I’d seen the rumors, I’d heard the rumors, but so oftentimes, they’re just rumors,” Doolittle said. [...] you still have a job to do, so you try to keep blinders on. Madson, who had just an hour to get his stuff together and get his family organized for the move, did not have time to speak to reporters Sunday. Reliever Simon Castro was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Melvin said that righty Liam Hendriks and lefty Daniel Coulombe probably will pick up more late-inning duty, along with Treinen and John Axford. There’s no doubt, though, that dealing the team’s seventh- and eighth-inning relievers will have an impact. “Both of them have been great,” second baseman Jed Lowrie said. Lowrie is likely to be among the next A’s players traded, with starter Sonny Gray also a good bet to go and first baseman Yonder Alonso a possibility, too. Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sslusser@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @susanslusser Trade breakdown Nationals get IF Sheldon Neuse (Class A) A look at the Oakland pitching stats for relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson: ERA Career ERA A’s totals Career Source: baseball-reference.com

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