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Angels’ rebuilt bullpen adds left-hander Sean Burnett on two-year, $8 million contract

Dec 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

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They still need plenty of rotation help, but the Angels have added another late-inning option to their bullpen. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that they’ve signed left-hander Sean Burnett to a two-year deal with an option for 2015.

Burnett joins Ryan Madson in a new-look bullpen after spending the past three-and-a-half seasons in Washington, where he was quietly one of the most effective southpaw relievers in baseball with a 2.81 ERA and 172/66 K/BB ratio in 202 innings.

He figures to join right-hander Ernesto Frieri as Madson’s primary setup men and the Angels suddenly have a very deep, talented bullpen with guys like Kevin Jepsen and Scott Downs slated for secondary setup roles.

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UPDATE, 6:15 PM: It’s a two-year, $8 million contract, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. And it comes with $1.25 million in incentives based on games pitched and a $4.5 million vesting option (or $500,000 buyout) for the 2015 season.

  1. blabidibla - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Now about that starting rotation…..

  2. losangelesfan - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Keep it coming, Jerry. Pick up Edwin Jackson and Kyle Lohse next.

  3. dcfan4life - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Money was the issue as to why Washington didnt resign him. A 2 year deal is what the Nats would have offered. So im curious as to how much this deal is for. Gonna miss him. Looks like Clippard and Storen need a new roommate.

    • jwbiii - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      Alden Gonzalez says something less than $9.5M.

      http://mlb.mlblogs.com/2012/12/05/angels-sign-left-hander-sean-burnett/

  4. ncphilliesguy - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Darn it, I’d rather have him on the Phils than Upton or Bourn.

  5. sumerduckman - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    The Nats are going to miss this young man.

  6. simon94022 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    That’s a steal for the Halos. Strange that Washington wasn’t willing to go beyond that.

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