The Washington Nationals had the best record in the National League last season, making them favorites to make the World Series.
The abrupt shutdown of Stephen Strasburg may have hurt their chances, though. In the division series against the St. Louis Cardinals, it was clear that the Nationals would have benefited from having another dominant starter.
Throw in a shoddy performance from Drew Storen and a few other mistakes along the way, and the Nationals were sent home in a heartbreaking Game 5 by the Cardinals.
The Nationals are still a very strong team, even with a few question marks regarding next season's roster.
Adam LaRoche, Sean Burnett, Edwin Jackson and a few other players are free agents, and it remains to be seen which ones will be brought back.
After that's decided, general manager Mike Rizzo can take a look at what's left on the market in hopes of improving his team.
With the right additions, the Nationals can essentially be guaranteed a World Series berth in 2013.