Found November 18, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Coming off of a 2012 season that saw the club win a franchise-best 98 games and their first full season NL East title ever, the Washington Nationals went all-in for the 2013 season. They bumped their payroll by nearly 30%, signing Rafael Soriano, Dan Haren, and Adam LaRoche to eight figure contracts while trading for Denard Span. The moves didn't work out all that well. Washington won just 86 games, finishing four games behind the Reds for the National League's second Wild Card berth. Furthermore, the club already has over $81 million committed to just 11 players for 2014 - including $5 million dedicated to players that are already in their pre-arbitration years. MLBTR projects the Nationals' eight arbitration-eligible players to earn a whopping $37.3 million, putting them right around their 2013 payroll. Now, where will things be getting interesting? In 2015, of course. The club is going to be in even worse shape when it comes to their payroll next year. Rafael Sor...
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