Burriss signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Monday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports. Burriss will return to a Nationals organization with which he spent the 2015 season, but don't expect the 31-year-old to see significant time in the majors barring a calamity in the Washington middle infield or a dramatic change in Burris' performance. He hit .263/.296/.309 with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley last season, seeing most of his time at second base.
Burriss has elected free agency. Burriss was outrighted off the Phillies' roster earlier this month. He spent about three and a half months in the majors this season, but accumulated just 45 at-bats. He will be looking for a minor league deal this winter.
Burriss was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday. The Phillies began cleaning out their 40-man roster in preparation for December's Rule 5 draft, and they decided that they could cast Burriss off the 40-man after he hit for a mere .111 average in 50 plate appearances. The 31-year-old will likely act as organizational depth going forward.
Burriss officially accepted his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal reports. Burriss DFA'd on Wednesday to clear space on the 40-man roster for Jimmy Paredes, whom the Phillies acquired from Toronto in a trade. Burriss struggled in limited big league action, hitting just .121 with two extra-base hits in 27 games.
Burriss was designated for assignment Wednesday, Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports. Burriss was designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jimmy Paredes who the Phillies acquired from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. Burriss had been hitting just .121/.194/.212 in 27 games played this season.