NL East: What to Expect in 2013

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NL East: What to Expect in 2013
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The Nationals won the NL East in 2012

Though the offseason still has a few days remaining before pitchers and catchers descend on Florida and Arizona, most teams have already completed the majority of their winter shopping. Save a couple of key free agents still searching for work, rosters have been shaped for what should be an interesting season in the National League East.

In 2012, the Washington Nationals announced their arrival with a division title. The Atlanta Braves waved goodbye to franchise icon Chipper Jones after a disappointing Wild Card loss, while the perennial powerhouse Philadelphia Phillies were beset by injuries. It was a frustrating season for the New York Mets, who fizzled in the second half. Down in Miami, the Marlins underwent a baffling and well-chronicled identity crisis of epic proportions.

While the balance of power may not be shifting much, it is time to look at what to expect from the NL East in 2013.

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