The NL East was won by the Washington Nationals in 2016, they finished their season 95-67 and lost in the NLDS against the Dodgers. This division has been dominated by every team at one point in the 2000s. The Nationals have won it 3 times since 2012, what will the story be this season?
Washington Nationals (MGR: Dusty Baker): As mentioned, the Nationals won it last season and have won three since 2012. They have not been successful in the postseason after winning the NL East though. With Bryce Harper in the fold, alongside their newly acquired CF Adam Eaton, expect the Nationals to be atop the division. Arguably, one of the best in the NL.
2017 Record Projection: 97-65 (+2 wins)
New York Mets (MGR: Terry Collins): The Mets lost the East by 8 games last season just one season after being the NL representative in the 2015 Fall Classic. This team has not done all that much to improve over the offseason. Their biggest addition, per-say, was their re-signing of Cespedes. Their pitching staff is one of their only assets.
2017 Record Projection: 87-75 (+/- 0 wins)
Atlanta Braves (MGR: Brian Snitker): The Braves have actually been one of the most active teams this offseason. They added pitchers Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, and Jaime Garcia. Adding to a young core, the future seems to be bright in Atlanta. It is likely that they will consistently improve throughout the next few seasons.
2017 Record Projection: 75-87 (+7 wins)
Philadelphia Phillies (MGR: Pete Mackanin): Phillies won 71 games in 2016, looking to consistently improve during the rebuild process. There’s one similarity and one difference with the Phillies and Braves. They both have young stud shortstops in J.P. Crawford and Dansby Swanson. The difference is the Braves have three vets starting, and the Phillies have young players.
2017 Record Projection: 73-89 (+2 wins)
Miami Marlins (MGR: Don Mattingly): This team looked like a playoff team in mid-season last year. But things fell apart soon there after. They tragically lost Jose Fernandez in a boating accident. It is unlikely that this team can do as well because of everything that has happened with their roster.
2017 Record Projection: 77-85 (-2 wins)