Sources: Yankees have eyes on Nats’ Burnett
The Yankees have expressed interest in Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett, according to two baseball sources with knowledge of the situation. However, two additional sources said the two clubs haven’t had any discussions about Burnett — yet.
According to one source, Burnett is one of many relievers around the Major Leagues the Yankees are looking at. The club is looking for another lefty to join Boone Logan in the bullpen.
Burnett is having a first half he would like to forget. In 39 games, Burnett has allowed 18 runs in 29 innings. Opponents are hitting .277 against him.
It would seem unlikely that Washington would trade Burnett because manager Davey Johnson said recently to local reporters that he would like to have two left-handers out of the bullpen. Johnson currently has Burnett and Ross Detwiler out of the ‘pen.
If they make a trade, the Nationals have made it known that they are looking for two-way position players and starting pitching.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was not available for comment.