Nov 172011
 

Since the minor-league free agency period began a couple of weeks ago, the Nationals have re-signed four of their own free agents…

  • Josh Johnson (Harrisburg)
  • Seth Bynum (Syracuse)
  • Carlos Maldonado (Syracuse)
  • Jesus Valdez (Harrisburg/Syracuse)

This, of course, is relatively old news to the diehards, but I’m also aware that not everybody sticks around to read the comments; hence this post. For folks that can’t wait, here’s the Calgon. For the folks under 40, that’s a reference to this classic, not exactly PC, 30-second TV ad.

  6 Responses to “Minor-League Signings”

  1. Despite the PED suspension, Seth Bynum is brought back. Do we know anything about the specifics of that?

    Maldonado is good emergency insurance should we have a rash of injuries and a good vet for the young pitchers making their way through the IL.

    Josh Johnson’s been an asset to Harrisburg and Valdez is getting old, but I don’t have a problem with him coming back.

    Welcome back, boys, and I look forward to finding about other signings.

    SD

    • The Nats don’t have any true SS’s above High-A, hence Bynum & Johnson. Valdez is a serviceable OF that can play either AA/AAA, which is the new normal for the Nats in the minors. Maldonado? Nailed it.

    • Adding to that …

      Desmond and Bernadina aren’t the only two that date back to the days when the Nats were the Expos. So, too does Seth Bynum who worked his way to AAA from the rookie league. His hobby I think is crocheting?

      Maybe he was trying to get more than a cup of coffee (which of course he has yet to receive from the Nats …)

  2. Just to clarify concerning Bynum, his suspension occurred in 2010.

  3. Don’t forget McConell resigned to play ss and Rahl signed as outfielder. Rahl’s numbers as good or better than Valdez. McConnell not so much.

    • I was focusing on the guys that had signed since my last transaction update, but both of those two embody my point about the AA/AAA archetype. Rahl didn’t get the opportunity to go to Syracuse but has played at the level (AAA) and certainly has the talent. McConnell did, as you state, appear overmatched. We joke a lot about OGs but there’s something to be said about the guys that are willing and able to accept that role.

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