83-79. Well, that’s certainly not how things were supposed to go for the Washington Nationals in 2015. Alas, Bryce Harper will have to wait another year for his ring. After all, they don’t hand them out based on winter headlines. This year was an utter disappointment for the Nationals, who are left searching for a new manager after Matt Williams was fired only a year removed from winning Manager of the Year. Injuries played a big part in the failure of the Nationals to live up to their lofty preseason expectations this year.
With Harper emerging as the best position player in the National League (and maybe the entire league), and a solid surrounding cast, the Nationals days as a contender are far from over. The rotation, headed by Max Scherzer is still great, but no longer the best in the division. With just a few minor moves over the winter, the Nationals should remain a threat to make the playoffs in the crowded National League.
Here is what should appear on the offseason wishlist for the Washington Nationals.