Looking to pick up where they left last season, the Washington Nationals will begin their quest toward the 2017 World Series when 2017 Spring Training begins in February.
Coming off their 2016 NL East championship with NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, the Nationals first step will be the Grapefruit League and spring training in West Palm Beach, Fla.
It will be the Nationals their first chance to work newly aquired veteran catcher, Derek Norris with their pitching staff after longtime starter Wilson Ramos left to join the Blue Jays.
The teams has also yet to aquire another closer this off-season, leaving Mark Melancon as the team's top option in 2017.
In the Grapefruit League, Washington will play fellow division rivals the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Miami Marlins. Also in the league are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals.
Last season the Nationals made the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the NL, before losing to the NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Important Nationals 2017 Spring Training Dates:
Spring Training Location: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Pitchers and Catchers Report: Feb. 14
Pitchers and Catchers First Workout: Feb. 16
Position Players Report: Feb. 17
First Full Workout: Feb. 19
Spring Training Opener: Feb. 25 @ New York Mets