Category: Nationals Lynchpins
Bio/Summary: Two of the more important players from the inaugural 05 season and its improbable run. Loaiza contributed a 3.77 ERA and a value well above his $2.9 million salary, even if there were signs that it was unsustainable (and it was). Guillen hit 24 home runs, with a SLG-heavy (not ideal) .817 OPS. The real story here is that these were players who appeared to be good that season, but had some nasty little peripherals lurking below the surface. That would be a good bet as to why the team collapsed in the second half.
Rating: 7/10 – I’m not crazy about sticker autos, but the chance to have two autos of members of the 2005 team on one card was too good to pass up. A neat card for Nats history.