Sean Burnett’s deal with the Angels is worth a guaranteed $8 million over two years, but the value could jump to $13.25 million over three years if he achieves all available incentives, one source confirmed.
Burnett, one of the top left-handed relievers on the free-agent market, has a club option for 2015 worth $4.5 million; it will vest if he appears in 110 games between the ’13 and ’14 seasons. His recent track record suggests he has a good chance to do so. He averaged roughly 70 appearances per year over the past four seasons.
Burnett’s deal also includes incentives for appearances per season, beginning with $100,000 for 30 games.
The contract is the second-highest for a free-agent lefty reliever this offseason. Jeremy Affeldt set the market when he returned to the San Francisco Giants on a three-year, $18 million deal.
Burnett had a 2.38 ERA over 70 appearances with the Washington Nationals this year. The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers were among the teams that pursued him before he agreed to his contract with the Angels.
— Jon Paul Morosi