This past season, the Nationals were favored to win the National League East title for the second year in a row, but they didn't make the playoffs, finishing second in the division, 10 games behind the first-place Braves.

Injuries, lack of offense in the first half of the season and not having quality lefties in the bullpen were the reasons the Nats struggled this past season. Losing Bryce Harper for more than a month because of a left knee injury was a big blow. He was the guy they missed in the middle of the order.

But the first order of business was looking for a manager, and the team hired Matt Williams as the sixth manager in team history on Thursday, replacing Davey Johnson, who retired after the 2013 season.

General manager Mike Rizzo said he wanted the new manager to be involved with the roster decisions. While the starting eight is already set, the Nationals need to find at least two starting pitchers, improve their bench and find quality left-handed relievers.