While I think the Nats have a better team in 2014, going forward they have major issues.
From The Washington Post:
(The Nats) have their core of players under contractual control, but not under defined contracts. They are at the mercy of the arbitration system. Aside from Ryan Zimmerman, they have not given out any contract extensions to homegrown players that have covered a player’s free-agent seasons.
The Lerners will soon have an inevitable choice. Either their payroll will skyrocket more than it already has and push past $150 million, or that young core will begin to break apart.
Jordan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond are among the Nats who will be free agents after the 2015 season — the same time Bryce Harper, Wilson Ramos and Stephen Strasburg and Wilson Ramos enter their arbitration years. It doesn’t help the Nats that many of their young stars are represented by Scott Boras.