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4 Starting Pitchers the Washington Nationals Must Pursue This Offseason
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28-year old Zack Greinke would be a stellar addition to an already loaded Washington Nationals rotation.

The Washington Nationals rode their pitching to the best record in the majors last season. Davey Johnson's young squad posted the second-best team ERA in baseball and had a starting five that rivaled some of the best in the game.

But with the likely departure of starter Edwin Jackson and the continuing development of the staff's other young arms, a new face would be a huge addition. The front end of the rotation is stellar—Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Jordan Zimmermann all posted ERA's under 3.20—but the back end is a bit shaky. Young fireballer Ross Detwiler will continue to grow, but there is still a hole in the lineup.

Luckily for the Nationals, D.C. has become a baseball town and a place where free agents will have plenty of incentive to play.

The Nats have established themselves as a team that is a player or two away from being a perennial contender, so a big arm in free agency could be what puts them over the top. 

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