"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin', into the future..."
Steve Miller may or may not be a baseball fan, but the opening lyrics to "Fly Like An Eagle" ring true for the 2013 Washington Nationals. As time marches into the future for these Nats, their chances of making the postseason begin to slip away.
Washington is currently 77-69, 11.0 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East standings, and 5.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card standings. To put it bluntly, the Nationals have a postseason probability of 2.7 percent.
For Washington, the threat of missing the postseason is a clear and present danger. Therefore, any talk of the future should focus on the offseason.
With that mind, here are five early predictions for the Washington Nationals' offseason.
Note: All statistics updated through September 13 courtesy of MLB.com unless noted otherwise.