|Ace Stephen Strasburg returning in 2012 after Tommy John surgery.|
|Promising new addition Gio Gonzalez is under team control through 2016|
|Top prospect and abuser of the term "swag" Bryce Harper hopes to reach the majors mid-2012|
That's pretty much it. A lot of people are predicting the Nationals to come out as a force this year and contend legitimately in the NL East. I don't think that's the case, but it's not too far behind. Assuming players like Harper, Stasburg and Morse keep on track, 2013 may render a playoff run for the Nationals. I'd say this team is a little bit of patience away from being in the conversation for consecutive seasons, but in 2012 they'll finish second last.