Day 2, Strategy for the Future
Folks, I am thrilled, just thrilled, about the participation from day one of the poll. Thanks to everybody who gave their time and thoughts. Today's questions won't have as long a lifespan atop the Journal just because we've got some baseball today; the Nats begin a homestand against Arizona. Post writer Andrew Astleford is handling the game coverage tonight, so I imagine he'll be able to post the lineups and news.
Anyway, let's move on. Again, we've got five questions. I tried to streamline some of the surveying techniques, just so compilation is a little more feasible.
DAY TWO: STRATEGY FOR FUTURE
ONE. Which of the following is most important to the success of the franchise in the next year?
a. Resigning Ryan Zimmerman to a long-term contract
b. Resigning Cristian Guzman to a multi-year contract
c. Signing one or more marquee free agents
d. Seeing signs of development from the top prospects -- those not yet on the major league roster
e. The physical health of the veteran players injured this season
TWO. The player most likely to represent the Nationals in the 2009 All-Star game is:
a. Ryan Zimmerman
b. Elijah Dukes
c. Lastings Milledge
d. Jesus Flores
e. Collin Balester
f. John Lannan
g. Cristian Guzman
h. A current minor leaguer
i. Somebody not currently in the organization
j. Other (please name)
THREE. Answer "Yes" or "No" -- Is the offseason in which the Nationals should pursue high-price free agents and increase their payroll to the level of a big-market team?
FOUR. Which of the following veterans -- all trade possibilities this month -- would you most like to see still on next year's Washington roster?
a. Odalis Perez
b. Tim Redding
c. Jon Rauch
d. Paul Lo Duca
e. Ronnie Belliard
FIVE. With sound personnel decisions, the Nationals can become a realistic playoff contender:
a. Next year
b. Two years from now
c. Three years from now
d. Four or more years from now
BONUS. Just for fun, if you want.
Predict Washington's lineup (including the pitcher) for Opening Day, 2009.
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