Former Washington Nationals left-handed relief pitcher Sean Burnett signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Burnett had spent the past three-plus seasons with the Nationals as a middle reliever.
Last season, Burnett, 30, appeared in 70 games for the Nationals and posted a 2.38 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 56.2 innings. Burnett pitched the second-half of the season with a bone spur in his left elbow that was fixed after the Nationals were eliminated from postseason play.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Burnett was not "a fit financially" for Washington going forward. MLB.com reported Burnett's deal with the Angels is worth $9.5 million over two years with a vesting option for 2015.
The Nationals are reportedly looking at free agent J.P. Howell as a replacement for Burnett. Howell pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and posted a 3.04 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 50.2 innings.