The Washington Nationals had plenty to be encouraged about in 2012.
The Nats led MLB in wins, won the NL East and qualified for the playoffs.
But it's already time to starting thinking about a new season. So, what are some encouraging signs that the Nationals have shown this offseason?
Did the team maintain or improve its dominant pitching staff? Did they address any other significant holes? Did the Nats re-sign any or all of their biggest free agents? How healthy will the team be going into spring training? And finally, did the Nationals' owner finally spend enough money to push their payroll over $100 million, which is need in order to be considered one of the elite teams in MLB?
The answers to those questions are in the slides that follow along with 10 encouraging signs for the Washington Nationals going into the 2013 season.