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To be fair, that Dunn thread spanned the entire season and was renamed multiple times, so the Fielder thread "should" be the #1 offseason player thread.
You forgot Ellsbury, who already has a thread.
I'm voting LaRoche, but I think the answer is whoever signs last since the angst will build as guys sign and everyone will pin their hope on those left on the market
Hamilton is a bigger name than Greinke,
So far, every off-season here, we have had one giant thread that was dedicated to one player. Last year it was Fielder, the year before it was Dunn, and two years before that it was Teixera. Who will be our most talked about FA this year in the Clubhouse?Example Topics:Fielder = 5400 repliesDunn Signs with White Sox for 4y/$56m = 5928Tex and the Nats... = 3871This is all hypothetical since we start discussing a player when we are linked with them. For example: We are linked to BJ Upton, Michael Bourn, and Adam LaRoche so far... but I feel like Greinke would create a HUGE topic if we were linked to him.And yes, this topic doesn't really offer any insight or news about the team, but I think it'd be a good discussion place for any of these players and reasons why we should take a look at them.
The team could be so much stronger if Raphael would just buy in. Why does it always take him an hour and 23 minutes of film to realize his brothers need him? and why did the cartoon version have such a pansy voice?
Dunn don't really fit in with the other two, he aligns more with Soriano (debacles). The Fielder and Tex non signings (farces) were based on leaks from various sources that the Nats were looking to sign those guys when in reality we were only interested in getting credit for being the second highest bidder. These are not every year occurances so it might be none of the above but it's also possible to rig the results via a couple fake Twitter accounts sending leaks to anyone willing to pass them along.
But we always have discussions based on one player in the off-season. It doesn't matter how it starts, whether its fake twitter accounts or contract extensions, but we have done this. I assume we're going to have another big one this year.
For seven previous off seasons I see three examples, unless you have four more I'd say that these mega threads on a particular player occur less than always.
The biggest topic in the offseason of 2005-2006 was Soriano and his coming over here. Soriano to the Cubs was also the largest thread in the offseason of 2006-2007. Not many posts in either thread because of the lack of a big member base. Elijah Dukes had the biggest thread since it was a shock that we didn't get any of the decent outfielders that year like Hunter and so on. Lo Duca and Milledge were also large threads in 2007-2008. Tex and the Nats was 2008-2009. Lackey and Marquis signing were big discussions in 2009-2010 but Pudge was the largest.
it was a shock that we didn't get any of the decent outfielders that year
Day 26 with no manager signed for 2013, at what point does Rizzo start interviewing with other candidates? At what point does this interfere with signing free agents? You know that Boras is going to charge a hefty premium to sign one of his clients into an uncertain management situation.
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