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Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett decline options with Nationals

Nov 1, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Adam LaRoche

First baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Sean Burnett are officially free agents after both players declined their half of mutual options with the Nationals.

LaRoche turned down $10 million and Burnett turned down $3.5 million after the team previously exercised its half of both options.

LaRoche will have no trouble securing a multi-year deal on the open market and may end up re-signing with the Nationals for significantly more than $10 million, so it was an easy call for him.

Burnett seems like less of a sure thing to snag a big multi-year deal considering he dealt with elbow problems in the second half and underwent surgery to remove a bone spur after the season. On the other hand Burnett is a 30-year-old lefty with a 2.81 ERA in 202 innings since joining the Nationals, so he won’t struggle to find work and probably started drooling along with every other reliever when he saw Brandon League‘s contract with the Dodgers.

  1. willclarkgameface - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Good for them. Time to move on to a team that will NEVER let an agent run their baseball ops. And they probably think GM Mike Rizzo is a dink as well.

    I don’t think either of these players will garner huge deals this off-season, but they will do all right. LaRoche can hit and isn’t a defensive liability. Burnett is a lefty. They’ll find work.

    • chill1184 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      “I don’t think either of these players will garner huge deals this off-season”

      Never underestimate the stupidity of other GMs. How much does Ned Colletti have left to spend?

    • numbskull111 - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      Yah…you are probably right…the 2012 NL 1B Gold Glove winner is probably not too much of a defensive liability….he might be worth taking a shot on…..

    • marvinband9 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      Your bias toward Rizzo and Boras is showing. Get a life

    • dcfan4life - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      I dont think anything you said in that statement was accurate except the part at the end where you said “They’ll find work”. Ya i agree with that…

  2. natstowngreg - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Zero surprise. Zero surprise if both re-sign with the Nats.

    • goskinsvt - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      I think it’s more likely that LaRoche re-signs with the Nats than Burnett. As a Nats fan, I hope that they both re-sign. Nats have a ton of cash to burn, so why not spend it on 2 quality players.

      • natstowngreg - Nov 1, 2012 at 5:45 PM

        Agreed. Both seem to want to stay, and the team seems to want to keep them. However, each has abilities that are lacking in the off-season market. Someone else is liable to offer a lot for those abilities. Happily, as you note, the Nats have the cash to match such offers.

      • dcfan4life - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        Doesnt Burnett live with Storen and Clippard. I remember seeing that special that the 3 live together. Helps the Nats that im sure Burnett wants to keep playing with his close buddies.

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