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Twins sign Sean Burnett to minor-league deal

The southpaw hopes to crack the team's major-league roster after opting out of a deal with Atlanta.

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The Twins are in agreement on a minor-league deal with left-hander Sean Burnett, according to a baseball source. The deal, which includes a June 15 opt-out clause, will pay $1 million if Burnett makes the major-league team and also includes $1 million in available incentives.

Burnett's deal was first reported by Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minnesota.

Burnett, 33, drew interest from multiple clubs after opting out of his minor-league deal with the Braves last week. Minnesota will be his fourth club since spring training, as he signed with the Nationals in November, opted out in April, signed with the Dodgers a week later, opted out of that deal in early May, and signed with the Braves before opting out on May 20 and signing with the Twins today.

Burnett will head to Triple-A Rochester, providing a depth option for Minnesota behind southpaws Fernando Abad and Taylor Rogers at the major-league level. Minnesota recently promoted a minor-league free agent to the major-league team, adding outfielder Robbie Grossman after he opted out of his deal with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate.

Burnett has appeared in 13 innings so far this season, posting a 1.38 ERA in striking out 10 batters with the Dodgers' and Braves' Triple-A affiliates. The 8-year major-league veteran has not appeared in the majors since 2014.