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May 28, 2019 02:32 PM
Sean Burnett: Hangs it up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burnett announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.

Burnett first emerged in the big leagues during the 2008 season with Pittsburgh, posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with a 43:34 K:BB over 56.2 frames. After 19 seasons in professional baseball, he's decided to call it quits, ending his career with a 3.52 ERA and 278 punchouts across 378.1 innings.

February 6, 2019 07:24 PM
Mets' Sean Burnett: Latches on with Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burnett signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.

The deal doesn't include an invitation to spring training, so Burnett will open the year in the minors. The veteran left-hander spent most of the 2018 season with the Marlins, compiling a 5.49 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB across 19.2 innings of relief with Triple-A New Orleans. Burnett hasn't pitched in the majors since 2016, and injuries have kept him off the mound for a good chunk of the past six seasons, so don't look for him to play a big role for the Mets in 2019.

June 20, 2018 02:40 PM
Sean Burnett: Let go by Miami
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Marlins released Burnett on Monday, Triple-A New Orleans radio broadcaster Tim Grubbs reports.

The end of the road could be near for the 35-year-old Burnett, who has made 380 career appearances (13 starts) in the majors but none since 2016. He was let go by Miami after posting a 5.49 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 19.2 innings at Triple-A, though a 23:5 K:BB and .452 BABIP suggest the latter two ratios probably should have been better. Burnett could land a minor-league deal elsewhere if he intends to continue his career, but he'll face an uphill battle to resurface in the majors with multiple injuries having kept him off the mound for much of the past six years.

March 17, 2018 12:32 PM
Marlins' Sean Burnett: Minors deal with Marlins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burnett signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins on Saturday that includes an invite to spring training, Joe Frisaro of reports.

He is already in camp and has time to win a spot in the big-league bullpen. Look for him to serve as organizational depth, operating in low-leverage situations. The 35-year-old southpaw last pitched in the big leagues in 2016, logging 5.2 innings in 10 appearances with the Nationals.

March 26, 2017 12:04 PM
Sean Burnett: Granted release
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 10, 2016 10:05 AM
Phillies' Sean Burnett: Signs minor league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 2, 2016 03:30 PM
Nationals' Sean Burnett: Called up by Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 19, 2016 12:53 PM
Nationals' Sean Burnett: Traded to Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 with affiliates of the Dodgers, Braves and Twins. He posted a 1.91 ERA but notched just 28 strikeouts across those stops. He hopes to join the Nationals when rosters expand in September.

May 23, 2016 08:10 PM
Twins' Sean Burnett: Signs minor league deal with Twins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 2, 2016 12:09 PM
Braves' Sean Burnett: Signs minor-league deal with Braves
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 9, 2016 04:49 PM
Sean Burnett: Signs minor-league deal with Dodgers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burnett agreed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Saturday that includes a May 1 opt-out clause, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports 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.

April 3, 2016 11:19 AM
Sean Burnett: Released by the Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 1, 2016 09:25 PM
Nationals' Sean Burnett: Does not make Nats' final roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 29, 2016 12:17 PM
Nationals' Sean Burnett: Still in running for bullpen spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burnett is competing with Blake Treinen and Trevor Gott for one or possibly two spots in the Nationals' Opening Day bullpen, Jamal Collier of reports.

Gott and Treinen both have minor league options remaining, which may play in Burnett's favor, and the team has already added one non-roster invitee to the bullpen in Matt Belisle. The veteran lefty has enjoyed a great spring with the Nats, tossing 7.2 shutout innings with a 5:1 K:BB, and while he's pitched just 10.1 major league innings over the last three seasons due to elbow issues that eventually resulted in Tommy John surgery, Burnett thrived as a set-up man with the Nats between 2009 and 2012, posting a 2.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 7.7 K/9 in 201.2 innings.

March 18, 2016 10:45 AM
Nationals' Sean Burnett: Strong start to spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Burnett has looked good so far in spring training as he tries to win a bullpen spot with the Nationals, allowing no runs and just one hit with a 3:1 K:BB ratio over five innings.

Unfortunately for Burnett, the Nats don't have a crying need for left-handed relievers with both Felipe Rivero and Oliver Perez locked into spots. If the club elects to keep three lefties or someone gets hurt over the next two weeks, Burnett could head north on the 25-man roster, but otherwise he's likely just auditioning for other teams this spring.

November 16, 2015 04:23 PM
Nationals' Sean Burnett: Signs with Nationals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 1, 2015 03:18 PM
Sean Burnett won't throw to teams until May or June
by Igor Mello |

Free agent reliever Sean Burnett is not expected to throw for teams until May or June, according to Jim Munsey of 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."

June 1, 2015 04:09 PM
Report: Dodgers looking to add relief pitcher
by R.J. White |

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.

June 2, 2015 05:05 AM
Report: Sean Burnett not expected to sign with team in offseason
by Igor Mello |

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.

June 2, 2015 05:45 AM
Angels decline to bring back Sean Burnett
by Chris Cwik |

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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