Nats believe they're ready to contend

Perennial also-ran could finally have the pieces in place to make a run at playoffs

Originally Published: March 30, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

VIERA, Fla. -- After going 80-81 last year and making several impact moves in the offseason, the Washington Nationals have crossed the line from intriguing to "fashionable.'' The players caught a glimpse of the new world order when baseball writers parading through camp this spring spent more time focusing on roster upgrades and less time commiserating about the lack of nightlife and preponderance of cows in Viera.

"They're walking around asking questions instead of just doing it as a favor,'' ...

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