2014 record: 85-77, 3rd place in NL Central
Manager: Terry Francona, 3rd season
Estimated 2015 payroll: $87 million
Technically speaking, the baseball offseason began the moment the San Francisco Giants wrapped up a four-game whitewashing of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. That was 29 days ago.
As the Nationals move through the 2012 offseason with an apparent interest in signing an outfielder, they may face competition from some of their closest rivals.