Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel passes along word that veteran right-hander Jorge Sosa has joined up with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sosa has pitched for the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and Nationals over the course of his eight-year professional career. He was a member of Washington’s bullpen last season and posted a 6.45 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 17/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings before he was eventually designated for assignment.
The 32-year-old was at his best back in 2005, when he finished 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 44 appearances (20 starts) for Atlanta. Of course, that was a long time ago, and he’s unlikely to make a splash in the big leagues anytime in the near future. But, uh, just in case you kind folks were wondering what the guy is up to…
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.