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BP Daily: The path to National treasure

On Monday night, the Washington Nationals did the best thing possible for the future of the franchise by signing the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 draft, right-hander Stephen Strasburg. While the Nats once again have the worst record in baseball, the club has been showing signs of life, with a winning record since the All-Star break. There's certainly nowhere to go but up.

While it may be impossible -- if not downright stupid -- to say the Nationals can be the next 2008 Tampa Bay Rays anytime soon, there is plenty of evidence that things are moving in the right direction. Here are three recommendations to maximize that success and turn it into eventual NL East contention.

Those recommendations are for ESPN Insiders.Insider