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Today’s focus: Washington Nationals
2010 Record: 69-93, 5th Place NL East (14th in NL)
The Nationals have been on quite a roller coaster ride the past 21 months. From the highs of drafting Stephen Strasburg, the most hyped pitching prospect in recent memory – to almost not being able to sign him. Finishing last again, to drafting Bryce Harper, the most hyped high school position player in recent memory. The excitement of Strasburg’s dominating debut to the crushing blow of losing him to Tommy John surgery. The Nationals decided to make a big splash this off season by signing one of the biggest name free agents in Jason Werth. They over paid him by $10’s of millions but such is the plight of a franchise that has finished no higher than 4th since 2002.