Burnett was granted his release Sunday. Burnett had an opt-out in his contract and exercised his right to request an unconditional release. The 34-year-old was a useful bullpen commodity from 2009 to 2012, but hasn't been the same since undergoing his second Tommy John surgery. He'll look to hopefully catch on somewhere else in 2017.
The Phillies have signed Burnett to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Burnett will earn $1.25 million if he makes it to the majors in 2017. The Phillies have just two lefties on their 40-man roster, so Burnett gives them more depth in that area. He has an opt out in in his contract on March 26 if he does not earn a roster spot with the Phillies this spring.
Burnett was called up by the Nationals on Friday. Acquired earlier this month via trade, Burnett returns to a Nationals team with whom he spent the 2009-2012 seasons. He has spent time in four different organizations this season alone and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014, but the Nats seem to value Burnett's experience.
Burnett was traded to the Nationals on Friday and subsequently sent to Triple-A Syracuse, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports. It sounds like the deal might just be for cash considerations or a player to be named later. The veteran southpaw had a nice run with the Nationals from 2009 to 2012, but had spent the entire 2016 season at Triple-A Rochester in the Twins' organization. He posted a 2.15 ERA with Rochester, but his 15.9 percent K-rate there illustrates his lack of fantasy potential. He hopes to join the Nationals when rosters expand in September.
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.
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