Happy New Year, everybody. Here is a look at how each Nationals player can improve in 2016. Some are more serious than others…
BRYCE HARPER: What do you tell a guy who just had one of the best seasons ever? Just, uh like, keep doing that stuff.
STEPHEN STRASBURG: As Stephen said himself at Nationals WinterFest, he needs to be more careful in the weight room. His sprained ankle in spring training began a chain of injuries that affected him for most of 2015.
RYAN ZIMMERMAN: 2015 was another year defined by not one injury, but several. Maybe it's time to sacrifice a rubber chicken to reverse Zim's luck.
JAYSON WERTH: This has been thrown out there before, but Werth might be smart to learn how to play first base. It could prolong his career, as he still provides good value at the plate.
ANTHONY RENDON: Health, as always, is the key. The Nats' lineup is much better with Anthony Rendon playing well, just look at 2014.
WILSON RAMOS: Ramos mentioned throughout 2015 he was trying to get back to his 2011 swing, the year he had his best season. Perhaps a full offseason with that in mind will help.
DANNY ESPINOSA: Espinosa hit right-handed only through 2015 spring training and then went back to switch-hitting in April. It was super unorthodox, but it worked. Maybe try that again?
MAX SCHERZER: Scherzer is working on cutting down the home runs he allowed in 2015. The longball is a big reason why he had such a rough time in August.
AARON BARRETT: Barrett has had a rough few months with two surgeries, including Tommy John on his right elbow. He has remained positive throughout the rehab process and that mindset will be key for a long recovery.
TANNER ROARK: This is out of his control, but a more permanent role for Roark would be best for his career. He bounced around too much in 2015. Good thing for him, though, is that it sounds like Mike Maddux really likes him.
TREA TURNER: Turner's speed is no joke and it fits in well with Dusty Baker's plan. All he needs to do is get on base and he will be a very good MLB player.
MICHAEL TAYLOR: Like many young players, Taylor needs to cut down on strikeouts. If he can get his OBP up, he will be a star. He knows this, too.
JONATHAN PAPELBON: When you have problems with a teammates, do as the old adage says: use your words.
CLINT ROBINSON: Robinson still fills an important role for the Nats, but they continue to deepen their bench. Maybe reminding Baker he had his hitting book when he was a kid will help Clint get on his good side.
MIKE RIZZO: Learning from mistakes he has made with the bullpen and with clubhouse chemistry would help him go from being a good GM to a great one.