Burnett signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Monday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. After a brief stint with Triple-A Gwinnett, Burnett will join the Twins organization at Triple-A Rochester. Burnett appeared in six games with Triple-A Gwinnett, during which he threw 5.1 innings and allowed a mere three hits. Burnett's ERA is a solid 1.38, but he will have to increase his control, as his WHIP of 1.38 is greatly attributed to him walking seven batters in 13 innings of action this season.
Burnett opted out of his minor-league contract with the Dodgers and signed a minor-league deal with the Braves on Monday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Burnett did not see a path to a regular role with the Dodgers anytime soon, so he decided to join a Braves team that should provide ample opportunities, having used 13 relievers already this season. Burnett, who owns a 2.35 ERA through seven minor-league appearances this season, figures to be called up to the big club at some point in the coming weeks.
Burnett agreed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Saturday that includes a May 1 opt-out clause, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Burnett was with the Nationals in spring training and was among the final candidates for their last bullpen spot. He did pitch well enough in camp to garner attention from other clubs, and now he'll be assigned to one of the Dodgers' minor league affiliates. The Dodgers are reasonably well set in the bullpen, but he could get strong consideration for a call-up if they feel the need to add another left-handed reliever.
Burnett was released by the Nationals on Sunday. Burnett had been competing for one of the final bullpen spots in Washington, but will now find himself in search of a job. The 33-year-old reliever hasn't pitched full time in the bigs since 2012, when he posted a 2.38 ERA over 56.2 innings. Burnett shouldn't have a problem catching on with another organization.
Burnett told reporters that he did not make the Nationals' 25-man roster, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Given the spring Burnett had, it's hard to think he ever had a realistic shot at making the Washington bullpen. The 33-year-old didn't allow an earned run in 8.2 innings. As Burnett has an opt-out in his contract if he doesn't make the team, he'll likely look for another team willing to put him on a major-league roster.
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