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Ranking World Series Contenders Heading into Spring Training
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Where do the Nationals rank among this year's likely World Series contenders?

Every single player and coach will report to spring training with a common dream to win the World Series. When they sleep, their heads will be filled with the sounds of roaring crowds and cheesy TV promos.

Some teams shouldn't get their hopes up too high. As much as the Houston Astros would love to win the World Series in 2013, they'd be better off hoping for the skies to open up and for bona fide major leaguers to come raining down. And as much as the Chicago Cubs would love for their 104-year championship drought to end, they should ready themselves for the tally to climb to 105.

Winning the World Series will only be an actual attainable goal for a select number of clubs. Looking at the lay of the land on the eve of spring training, I see only 10 legitimate World Series contenders.

Here's how I rank 'em.

 

Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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