Washington Nationals' Top Storylines at the Start of Spring Training

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Washington Nationals' Top Storylines at the Start of Spring Training
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The Washington Nationals are back at work at spring training, and last season's NL East champions already have quite a few storylines surrounding the team early on.

Entering Davey Johnson's final season as manager, the Nationals have pretty lofty goals. Johnson has adopted the motto of "World Series or bust," and the team seems to have rallied behind that goal.

The Nationals do seem poised to make a run at the title. After winning an MLB-best 98 wins in 2012, Washington improved during the offseason.

General manager Mike Rizzo traded for center field Denard Span to provide stability at the top of the lineup, signed Dan Haren to replace (and possibly exceed) the production of Edwin Jackson and signed Rafael Soriano to provide a dominant closer for the ninth inning.

These moves should plug any small holes that existed on the team from last season and give them a legitimate possibility at winning 100 games in 2013.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. The first spring game hasn't even been played yet, so let's just take a look at the top storylines thus far.

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