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And that, combined with the expected development of core young players, could help Washington take an all-important first step in erasing the bad memory of 2008 and perhaps putting the organization closer to the winning season it so desperately seeks.

“I can’t put the timetable on [winning] because I don’t know what trades you make, what signings you do,” Bowden said. “There are too many intangibles you can’t jump into. … Normally when you have the talent, though, it shows up here and that results in wins. As you add pieces around them, the wins start to come.”