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Sean Burnett | Relief Pitcher | #17

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/17/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 1 (19) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals purchased the contract of LHP Sean Burnett from Triple-A Syracuse.
Here's a lesson in perseverance, as Burnett is back in the majors after years of elbow issues. He held a 2.28 ERA at the Triple-A level this season and could wind up seeing some important action as a lefty specialist. Sep 2 - 2:40 PM

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Nationals acquired LHP Sean Burnett from the Twins for cash considerations.

Burnett was with the Nats in spring training but requested his release when he was told he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. The lefty has posted a 1.91 ERA and 28/14 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 Triple-A innings this season. He's been assignment to Triple-A Syracuse and will provide left-handed relief depth there.
Aug 19 - 12:18 PM

Twins signed LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract.

Burnett recently opted out of a minor league deal with the Braves and it didn't take him long to find a new organization. The 33-year-old owns a 1.38 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio over 13 innings this season in Triple-A and could eventually become an option for the major league bullpen in Minnesota.
May 23 - 4:31 PM

Braves released LHP Sean Burnett.

Burnett has opted out of the minor league contract he signed earlier this month. It's unclear if he has another job lined up, but the veteran left-hander has posted a 1.38 ERA in the minors this season.
May 20 - 11:32 AM

Braves signed LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Burnett inked a minor league deal with the Dodgers in early April but exercised his May 1 opt-out and will now join a team with maybe the worst bullpen depth chart in the league. He should move quickly to the majors and could even be pitching in high-leverage situations for the Braves by the end of the month. The veteran lefty had a very good showing this spring in Nationals camp and he was off to a pretty good start with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.
May 2 - 9:22 AM

Dodgers signed LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract.

He'll be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Burnett was released by Washington at the end of spring training despite throwing 8 2/3 scoreless innings during Grapefruit League play. The 33-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014. He'll give the Dodgers some left-handed bullpen depth.
Apr 9 - 10:50 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract.

According to Rosenthal, the deal will also include an opt-out clause if he isn't on the major league roster by May 1. The 33-year-old left-hander opted out of his contract with the Nationals last week when he was told that he didn't make the club's Opening Day bullpen.
Apr 9 - 12:42 PM

Nationals released LHP Sean Burnett.

The 33-year-old southpaw was informed Friday that he wouldn't make the club's Opening Day roster and has decided to opt out of his contract with the Nationals and look for work elsewhere. The Orioles and Braves are among the clubs that are already believed to be interested in his services.
Apr 2 - 9:11 AM

William Ladson of reports that Sean Burnett did not make the Nationals' Opening Day roster.

Ladson also adds that Burnett will likely opt to explore free agency rather than accepting a minor league assignment. There had been rumblings last week that the Orioles could pursue a trade for the veteran left-hander, and they could be one of the clubs interested once he's on the open market.
Apr 1 - 9:21 PM

CSN Baltimore's Rich Dubroff reports the Orioles could pursue a trade for Nationals LHP Sean Burnett.

A trade might not be necessary as Burnett is quickly approaching his April 1 opt-out clause. The Nationals already have lefty specialists Oliver Perez and Felipe Rivero, which puts Burnett on the outside looking in for a bullpen spot in Washington. Meanwhile the Orioles are looking for a left-hander to replace Brian Matusz, who has missed most of spring training with a strained back.
Mar 26 - 4:46 PM

Nationals signed LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Burnett underwent his second Tommy John surgery in June 2014 and hasn't pitched since. He should be ready to compete for a bullpen spot next spring, but he's probably going to have head to Triple-A for a spell before getting back to the majors. He hasn't been healthy since his final season in Washington in 2012, when he had a 2.38 ERA in 56 2/3 innings out of the pen. He signed a two-year deal with the Angels afterwards, but pitched just 10 1/3 innings for the Halos.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 04:23:00 PM

Sean Burnett (elbow) is expected to begin throwing for interested teams in late May or early June.

Burnett underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career last June and probably won't be able to pitch in live games until the second half of the 2015 season. The 32-year-old left-hander hasn't been an effective major league reliever since 2012.
Thu, Mar 26, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Angels declined LHP Sean Burnett's $4.5 million club option for 2015.

He'll receive a $500,000 buyout and become a free agent. Burnett had Tommy John surgery in June and will likely be sidelined until around midseason in 2015.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 04:06:00 PM

Sean Burnett (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery this week.

It's the second time that he has undergone the procedure. He's looking at another lengthy recovery process and probably won't be an option to rejoin the Angels bullpen until the beginning of the 2016 season.
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 07:34:00 PM

Angels transferred LHP Sean Burnett from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears room on the 40-man roster for the addition of Cam Bedrosian. Burnett will soon undergo Tommy John surgery.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 06:28:00 PM

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