Update: Burnett declined the $3.5 million option on his contract for next season and became a free agent Thursday, the Washington Post reports.
Recommendation: Burnett turned down what would have been the biggest salary of his career, but after compiling a 2.76 ERA over the last three seasons, he is hoping for a long-term deal this offseason. Burnett underwent elbow surgery this month, but as of now he should be ready to go by spring training. As a quality left-hander who just recently turned 30, Burnett should have no trouble finding the multi-year deal he is looking for. Whether it comes from the Nationals or not remains to be seen.