1 A’s 7, In­di­ans 3: Oak­land fin­ishes three-game sweep.

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lead­ing Wash­ing­ton in ex­change for one­time Oak­land mi­nor-league re­liever Blake Treinen, mi­nor-league in­fielder Shel­don Neuse and mi­nor­league 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 also known for his char­i­ta­ble work with vet­er­ans and his sup­port for hu­man-rights causes, as well as for his smart and funny so­cial-me­dia com­men­tary.

“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. “He kind of iden­ti­fies with the fan base. It’s tough to lose guys like that. 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. And 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. “It’s close to where I grew up, it’s close to where I went to col­lege . ... Ob­vi­ously, they’re in a good po­si­tion. I’m ex­cited to go play some mean­ing­ful base­leader ball down the stretch.”

Go­ing with bullpen pal Mad­son is a plus, Doolit­tle said. “It might make the tran­si­tion eas­ier . ... 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; I think go­ing with him kind of helps spread that out a lit­tle bit.”

Doolit­tle, 30, fig­ured out what was hap­pen­ing when he was called into Melvin’s of­fice and found gen­eral man­ager David Forst there. And Doolit­tle had seen the re­cent rum­blings, with the A’s out of the race and go­ing young; team 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. “But at the same time, you still have a job to do, so you try to keep blin­ders on. It’s not like we had the apart­ment packed up or any­thing.”

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. He struck out the side and gave up a homer in the ninth in­ning of Sun­day’s 7-3 win over Cleve­land. 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 sev­en­t­hand eighth-in­ning re­liev­ers will have an im­pact.

“Both of them have been great,” sec­ond base­man Jed Lowrie said. “That’s go­ing to be two big holes. I don’t re­ally know how you fill those.”

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.

Ralph Freso / Spe­cial to The Chron­i­cle

An A’s fan, in the jersey of A’s Hall of Fame re­liever Rol­lie Fin­gers, watches Ryan Mad­son sign au­to­graphs in spring train­ing. Mad­son and Sean Doolit­tle were traded Sun­day.

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