Bill Ladson

Nats strike deal for depth, add lefty Burnett

Nats strike deal for depth, add lefty Burnett

ATLANTA -- In need off bullpen depth, the Nationals have acquired left-hander Sean Burnett from the Twins for cash considerations.

Burnett will report to Triple-A Syracuse, but he could join the big league team once the roster expands on Sept. 1. Burnett started Spring Training with the Nats, but he was released before spending time in the Dodgers, Braves and Twins organizations. He had a combined 1.91 ERA in 42 Minor Leagues games this year.

The Nationals are in need of another lefty in the bullpen with Sammy Solis on the disabled list because of shoulder soreness and Oliver Perez having been inconsistent on the mound. The Nats also had Felipe Rivero coming out of the bullpen, but he was traded to the Pirates for Mark Melancon on July 30.

This is Burnett's third stint with the Nationals. His first came in 2009, when the Pirates traded him to Washington as part of a four-player deal that sent outfielder Lastings Milledge and right-hander Joel Hanrahan to Pittsburgh. Burnett helped the Nats win their first National League East title in '12. That year, he had a 2.38 ERA in 56 2/3 innings.

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.