The Washington Nationals have released two veteran players in outfielder Reed Johnson, and pitcher Sean Burnett. Burnett, who was attempting a comeback had notified the Nationals that he was opting out of his deal, so the release was just a formality. Burnett had appeared in only 16 Major League games since 2012, after signing a contract with the Angels, he has suffered a series of injuries to keep him off the mound. As a southpaw, he is likely to get an opportunity with another organization.
Reed Johnson had signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in November. He had been attempting to comeback from a calf injury that limited him to only 17 plate appearances in 2015. At 39, Johnson if healthy could provide a team with a solid veteran outfielder. It was unlikely that he would have accepted an assignment to AAA.