Burnett (elbow) signed a minor league deal with the Nationals on Monday. The contract includes an invitation to MLB spring training, as Burnett will attempt to comeback after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2014 that cost him his entire 2015 season. He'll have a chance to crack the major league bullpen but could ultimately serve as organizational relief depth.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett is not expected to throw for teams until May or June, according to Jim Munsey of MLBTradeRumors.com. Burnett was limited by injuries while with the Angels, and had Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career in June of 2014. "I actually feel great and have begun throwing off a mound," Burnett said. "This isn't my first rodeo so I've got a pretty good idea about my progress."
The Dodgers remain in the market for a relief pitcher, FOX Sports reports. The Dodgers have made a fair number of acquisitions to the bullpen already this offseason, in the form of pitchers signed to minor-league deals as well as via trade. It's possible that the team is looking to add an impact arm to cover a potential injury to closer Kenley Jansen, and former closers Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano remain without contracts. Notable nonclosers left on the free-agent market include righties Joba Chamberlain and Brian Wilson as well as lefties Sean Burnett and Phil Coke.
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett is not expected to sign with a team during the offseason, SB Nation reports Monday. Burnett, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery in June and is expected to start throwing off a mound in spring training in hopes of signing with a team at some point during the 2015 season.
The Angels have declined an option on reliever Sean Burnett, according to the Orange County Register. Burnett could have been brought back for $4.5 million, but the team opted to cut bait. Burnett was limited by injuries while in Los Angeles, and had Tommy John surgery in June. He'll try to hook on with another club this offseason.
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