Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Washington Nationals first baseman Adam
LaRoche and relief pitcher Sean Burnett each declined their mutual contract
option for the 2013 season on Thursday, making both free agents.
LaRoche turned down a $10 million salary for next season, with Burnett opting
out of a $3.5 million option.
Both players were key contributors to Washington's MLB-best 98-64 record and
unexpected run to the National League East title in 2012.
LaRoche delivered a career season, establishing a personal best with 33 home
runs and recording his second 100-RBI campaign while batting .271 in 154
games. The soon-to-be 33-year-old also earned his first-ever Gold Glove Award
this past week.
In nine major league seasons, LaRoche has amassed 197 homers and 684 RBI along
with a .268 average with Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Boston, Arizona and Washington.
Burnett is regarded as one of the league's better lefty specialists and held
southpaws to a .211 average in 2012. The 30-year-old also posted a 1-2 record
and a 2.38 earned run average with two saves over 70 appearances.
Since joining Washington midway through the 2009 season, Burnett has
registered a 2.38 ERA and saved nine games over 245 games pitched.
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