A Nationals team that has never before entered a season with any level of expectation now reports for spring training as MLB's consensus favorite to win the World Series.
Through no fault of his own, Nationals outfielder Corey Brown looks to be a long shot to make the club out of spring training. That won't change his pursuit of a roster spot.
Davey Johnson has said he'll retire after one more year as Nationals manager. That adds yet another layer of intrigue to an already highly anticipated season.
Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez, whose name has been linked to a Miami clinic under investigation for distributing performance enhancing drugs, has agreed to pitch for Team USA in next month's World Baseball Classic.