Burns was released by the Blue Jays on Thursday so that he can sign with Lotte in the Korean Baseball Organization, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
The 26-year-old utility infielder managed to appear in 10 games at the major league level in 2016, but he failed to get a hit in that time. He also struggled during his second stint with Triple-A Buffalo, so Burns decided it would benefit him to get some more consistent playing time in the hitter-friendly KBO. He'll likely look to return to the states prior to the 2018 season if all goes well overseas.
Burns cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
This is Burns' first outright, meaning he has no choice but to remain in the Jays' system. The 26-year-old went hitless through 10 games for the big league team in 2016. Burns hit .230 over 111 games with Triple-A Buffalo.
Burns was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday.
Burns will add a little infield depth over the final six days of the season with Devon Travis ailing, but don't look for him to see many at-bats. He hit .230/.285/.352 with eight home runs and 13 steals in 111 games at Triple-A this year.
Burns finished the 2016 International League season hitting .230./285/.352 with eight homers, 38 RBI and 42 runs scored in 418 at-bats.
Burns was recalled by the Jays a handful of times during the season, but never got an opportunity (only six at-bats) to show he's worthy of hanging around the big leagues. The infielder's recent season with Triple-A Buffalo saw a sharp decline in production in comparison to the .293/.351/.372 line he posted in 2015 at the same level. With a boatload of young infield talent within the organization, Burns will have to perform much better than he did in 2016 if he wants to make it to the next level.
Burns was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Burns was sent down to Buffalo on Friday after going 0-for-2 during his two at-bats with the team since being recalled earlier this month. The 25-year-old third basemen didn't get a whole lot of opportunities with the team and has gone hitless during his six at-bats with the Blue Jays throughout the season.
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