After an early exit from the playoffs last season, the Washington Nationals won’t have an easy road back this year, with a number of teams in the MLB poised for a trip to the World Series.

Arguably the best team in the regular season in 2012, the Nationals are ready to make a deep push into the playoffs, but several other teams have that same goal.

While Washingotn has made a number of solid moves in the offseason, including the signings of outfielder Denard Span and reliever Rafael Soriano, other teams have made equally impressive moves.

These include teams in both the National League and American League, so if the Nationals are able to go where they’ve never gone before, they’re opponent will likely be just as tough as the St. Louis Cardinals were in the National League Division Series.

These are the teams who pose the greatest threat to the Nationals on their quest to a World Series championship in 2013.

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