As spring training comes to an end and Opening Day approaches, the Nationals will embark on a quest to prove last season was not a fluke.
The excitement for the 2013 season is obvious. It could certainly be one of the most anticipated seasons in D.C. sports history, or on a very short list.
It's always dangerous to define your season as requiring a World Series appearance in order to qualify as a success, since the postseason is a crapshoot to some degree. But at least on paper, the Nationals appear to be as well-equipped as anyone to survive both the marathon of the 162-game season and the sprint of October.
In an effort to evaluate how the team has developed throughout spring training, the following article will grade the Washington Nationals position by position heading into this potentially historic season.