(Eds: Updates throughout. With AP Photos.) By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer Gio Gonzalez heard the rumors that the Philadelphia Phillies were interested before the Washington Nationals traded for him.
He's just fine with that.
''I'm happy here,'' Gonzalez said after a spring outing against the New York Yankees.
These aren't the same old Nationals, who are used to being the doormats of the NL East. They haven't had a winning season since they were the Montreal Expos, and have finished last five times during their seven years in Washington.
But the Nationals are optimistic they can make a move in a division that might be even tougher now than recent years.
''We want to be in the playoffs,'' closer Drew Storen said. ''We're not saying we just want to be .500. We want to be playing in October and we want to win it.''
The Phillies have owned the East, winning five straight division titles. They still have a staff full of aces, but injuries to key offensive players - Ryan How...