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