Now, setting aside that recognizable-ness is a really standard for evaluating free agent signings, I got to wondering, who are the five Boz is thinking of? He throws that out there as if it's clear and obvious, but I'm not sure.
Here are the free agents from other teams that the Nationals have signed this off season:
Miguel Batista*Then they also resigned these 2009 Nationals who had become free agents:
Livan Hernandez*Help me here. Who are the five guys who were recognizable to Boz, and which had he not heard of? It's not Guardado, since he'd already been cut. Commenters are saying that he probably wasn't referring to a re-signing, though in the cases of Livo and Villone I'm not sure how they were really all that different from any other signing.
*minor league deals
But even if you only look at the players who didn't play for the team at all in 2009, it's still not really clear to me. In terms of fame, Wang and Rodriguez are the only ones really in their own league, and Wang is damaged goods and Rodriguez is way over the hill. Is Adam Kennedy really a big name? Tyler Walker? Miguel Batista? Capps and Marquis have been in all-star games recently, so I assume he included them, but especially in Capps' case, he's not very well known and it's been a year since he was any good.
I guess the thing that puzzles me is that Boz is trying to make a case that the Nationals have been somehow much more active in free agency, and he's pointing to a list that includes the likes of Adam Kennedy, Matt Capps, Tyler Walker, and/or Miguel Batista as evidence. Is this really an advancement from signing Mike McDougal or Paul LoDuca or Johnny Estrada or Ronnie Belliard?
By all means, praise the team for ponying up for Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg. Jason Marquis was a very good value signing. But it seems to me Boz is trying way too hard to drive a certain narrative.