- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden will interview with the Boston Red Sox for their vacant GM position, sources with knowledge of the situation said last night.

It’s unclear when Bowden, who just signed a six-month contract extension with the Nationals, will be interviewed formally, but Boston officials appear to be intensifying their search.

Sources familiar with the Red Sox’s thinking said the club will interview several candidates for the opening created by Theo Epstein’s surprise resignation last week. In addition to Bowden, the Red Sox will interview former Baltimore Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie.

Bowden, who is attending the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., did not return phone messages last night. Earlier in the day, he told MLB.com he’s “a member of the Nationals, and that’s it” while also saying he would not interview for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ GM position. He did not, however, mention the Red Sox opening.

This is not the first time this offseason Bowden’s name has been linked with other GM jobs. The Arizona Diamondbacks spoke with him about their opening last month before hiring former Epstein assistant Josh Byrnes. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Philadelphia Phillies also expressed some interest in him but never made formal contact.

On Oct. 27, four days before his contract with Washington was set to expire, Bowden signed the extension that runs through April. But that deal does not require the Nationals’ yet-to-be-named new owners to retain Bowden once they assume control of the club, nor does it prevent Bowden from pursuing other jobs if given permission by team president Tony Tavares to do so.

Though Bowden has insisted all along his preference is to remain in Washington, the Red Sox job could be an intriguing opportunity for him. Bowden, 44, grew up in Weston, Mass., and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and the Red Sox always have been close to his heart.

Bowden has no known ties to the current Red Sox organization, but the attention he received this year for helping build the Nationals into surprise contenders despite a tight budget has made him an attractive candidate.

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