- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden will interview with the Boston Red Sox today in Southern California for their vacant GM position.

Bowden, who will meet with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner at the general managers’ meetings in Indian Wells, Calif., is one of at least four candidates to fill the opening created by Theo Epstein’s surprise resignation last week.

A New England native who grew up in Weston, Mass., Bowden will be the first prospective GM to interview with the Red Sox, though baseball sources said he is likely a long shot to land the job.

Boston also has scheduled a meeting Friday with former Baltimore Orioles executive vice president Jim Beattie and has been granted permission to speak with two other yet-to-be-named candidates, though specific interviews had not been scheduled as of last night.

Possible interviewees include Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng, former Dodgers GM Dan Evans, Detroit Tigers assistant Al Avila and Cleveland Indians assistant Chris Antonetti, among others.

“I love Washington,” Bowden said. “However, with the ownership situation up in the air, I have to look out for my family as well.

“I was born in Boston, I was raised in Weston, Mass. The Red Sox always have one of the top payrolls in baseball. I’m in this job every year with the goal of winning the World Series, and certainly the Boston job is one that I have to consider.”

Whether he emerges from the pack to win the Red Sox job or not, Bowden’s interview comes at a difficult time for the Nationals, who are still without a permanent owner. Club president Tony Tavares, out of the country on vacation, has given Bowden and other Washington employees permission to pursue other jobs because of the franchise’s uncertain future.

But the Nationals still face a number of pressing issues right now, including the start of their pursuit of free agents. Tomorrow marks the first day teams are allowed to begin making offers to free agents, and Bowden last night met with the agents for free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett as well as Nationals right-hander Hector Carrasco.

“Although I’m being interviewed by Boston, it’s not affecting my business in Washington,” Bowden said.

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