The Washington Nationals parted ways with left-hander Sean Burnett on Wednesday as he signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported that Burnett will receive $8 million on his new deal — $2.45 million more per season than what he made in 2012 — with a club option (or $500,000 buyout) for a third year. It is pending a physical.
Burnett had a 2.38 ERA in 2012 in 56? innings and was valuable for his ability to get both left-handers and right-handers out.
The 31-year old is one of the more durable relievers in the majors, appearing an average 71 times the past four seasons. He did have surgery after 2012 to remove bone spurs, which he simply pitched through.
The Halos are doing a good job of repairing their bullpen, and Burnett is a fine example.