Washington Nationals: Breaking Down Blueprint for Winning the Division

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Washington Nationals: Breaking Down Blueprint for Winning the Division
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

With an offseason to stew over a heartbreaking early playoff exit, the Washington Nationals are now out to prove they can follow up their successful 2012 campaign.

The Nationals led the MLB in wins last season but still aggressively pursued upgrades to their roster this offseason in hopes of being even better.

While improving upon a 98-win season may be difficult, the additions of Denard Span and Rafael Soriano should help keep the Nationals in the hunt.

Let's face it: With the amount of talent on this roster, it may not be difficult to crack the 100-win plateau.

With the combined experience of well-tenured manager Davey Johnson and aggressive GM Mike Rizzo, the Nationals have the nucleus to continue their successful ways this year and beyond.

The following piece lays out a blueprint of what factors will play major parts in the process of repeating as divisional champs.

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