The National League East is up for grabs this season, so the Washington Nationals will have to figure out whether they need to make a deal at the 2014 MLB trade deadline or whether they should go with what they have.
If you had told the Nationals that they would have to play two of the first three months without Bryce Harper, they probably wouldn't have been able to predict that they'd still be in position to win the NL East this season. However, that's the spot that they find themselves in right now.
How have they been able to stay in contention? Pitching.
The team's pitching staff is arguably the best in the majors. The Nationals' acquisition of Doug Fister in the offseason has paid off, and a handful of relievers are pitching out of their minds right now. A star-studded rotation and a dominant bullpen will keep a team in any game.
Washington has the makings of a championship-caliber team when healthy. When Harper is playing every day, the team will be able to figure out what it is made of.
Make sure to keep checking back here to see what rumors the Nationals are involved in or what deals the team makes as the MLB trade deadline approaches.