The Nationals have released outfielder Reed Johnson, as Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com tweets. The Nats also cut Sean Burnett on Sunday morning, though Burnett had already decided to opt-out of his deal.
Johnson, 39, inked a minor league deal with the Nats in November. The Wasserman Media Group client missed most of the 2015 season with a calf injury and was hoping to show the Nationals what he can do when healthy in 2016. Unfortunately, he was not able to break camp this time around and likely did not want to join the team’s Triple-A affiliate. Johnson owns a career .310/.363/.464 slash line against left-handers and could be a quality outfield depth option for another team.