With the baseball world set to arrive at the Winter Meetings in Nashville today, Sean Burnett’s agent shot down a report that the left-handed reliever is seeking a four-year contract in free agency.
“Those words have never come out of my mouth nor Sean’s,” Munsey said in an e-mail. “We are not seeking a four-year deal, and it’s crazy to hear such rumors out there. Complete fabrication by someone.”
Burnett has been a mainstay in the Nationals’ bullpen for the past three-plus seasons. He could likely command a deal similar to the three-year, $18 million pact fellow lefty reliever Jeremey Affeldt signed earlier this offseason with the Giants.
“We are very pleased with the amount of interest in Sean, and look forward to this process playing itself out,” Munsey said.
The Cardinals, in need of a left-handed reliever, are expected to be one of Burnett’s primary suitors. The Nationals do not appear ready to offer Burnett a three-year deal.