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The Nationals Are The 16th Most Valuable Team In Baseball

Forbes just came out with their rankings of the most valuable teams in baseball, and the Nationals come in at a pretty respectable 16th. If you're into numbers and math and all of the things that forced me to take a semester off from college, then I recommend checking the article out.

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The most interesting stat for me is player cost-to-win ratio, which measures how much value they are getting out of their team relative to other teams. The league average is set at 100, and the Nationals scored a 98. So the Nationals got 2% fewer wins than their payroll would normally dictate. So even though a small payroll may be hurting them, it doesn't help that the players they do have aren't living up to the value of their contract.

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But the Nats do have some things going for them. A beautiful new stadium, young phenoms Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, and a fan base with room to grow. If they can start winning more consistently, they might move up this list a little bit in the future.