Incoming Washington Nationals team president Stan Kasten says he has talked to Jim Bowden several times about Bowden’s future with the team. But Kasten won’t say whether or not he plans to retain the GM:
I said I haven’t announced a decision. Whether I’ve made a decision or not, nobody really needs to know.
Translation: J-Bo’s a gonner. Anytime you hear the old, “we’ve made a decision but we’re not saying” line, that means the employee in question is on the way out. If the Nationals were even thinking about keeping Bowden, Kasten would say, “Bowden is a good GM and he is our guy.” Publicly supporting Bowden wouldn’t cost the Nationals anything. They could still fire him at the end of the season if they wanted and nobody would bat an eyelash. But keeping quiet just confirms what we all suspect: Bowden’s a lame duck.
Will this affect Bowden’s ability to make deals as the season progresses? Is Soriano more or less likely to be dealt? Stay tuned.