Left-handed reliever Sean Burnett has agreed to a two-year, $3.95 million deal to remain with the Washington Nationals.
Burnett had a solid 2010 campaign going 1-7 with 3 saves and a 2.14 ERA in 73 appearances. He also walked just 20 batters, which is impressive for a quirky left-handed man out of the bullpen.
The Nationals bullpen was a pleasant surprise last season led by a red-hot Tyler Clippard in the early part of the year. Clippard and Burnett, along with Drew Storen give Washington stability late in games, which can be the difference between a perennial loser and a championship team.
Like all relievers in today’s game, there will be moments where you want to wring their neck for having a few bad outings. But unless your name is Mariano Rivera it is unreasonable to expect perfection. Burnett has spent his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, both teams that have struggled to get to seventy wins on an annual basis. All it takes is one good September and October where relievers really can make a name for themselves and score a large contract, they just need the opportunity.