Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Ex-Reds executive is Expos interim GM

By Joseph White
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Former Reds general manager Jim Bowden was hired Tuesday as general manager of the Washington-bound Montreal Expos, taking a job that might last only a few months while the team is being sold.

"One of the things that was intriguing to me is that it was a short-term commitment," Bowden said.

Bowden will oversee offseason trades and signings for a franchise that will move to the nation's capital next season if the local government approves funding for a new ballpark. He replaces Omar Minaya, who resigned during the final week of the season to become general manager of the New York Mets.

The length of Bowden's stay depends on how long it takes to sell the team, which is owned by the 29 other major-league clubs. At least two dozen potential buyers have shown interest, and the sale might not be completed until early in the next regular season.

Bowden expressed no interest in remaining with the team once an owner is chosen.

"I'm taking this position as an interim position," Bowden said. "That's what I agreed to, and that's what I feel I'm going to carry out."

Bowden said Frank Robinson will remain the team's manager during the transition period.

"I don't think it's fair to make any drastic changes in personnel when you'd be bringing someone in that may be re-evaluated in three months or four months or whenever the new ownership people are in place," Bowden said. "Frank's done a decent job with this club."

Bowden said he and Robinson discussed every player on the roster Tuesday, and he already has talked with other general managers about possible trades. Bowden also must decide whether to retain the Expos' top player eligible for free agency, third baseman Tony Batista. Team president Tony Tavares began talks with Batista's representatives in recent days.

AL GOLD GLOVES: The 2004 winners: pitcher Kenny Rogers, Texas; catcher Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit; first baseman Darin Erstad, Anaheim; second baseman Bret Boone, Seattle; third baseman Eric Chavez, Oakland; shortstop Derek Jeter, New York; and outfielders Vernon Wells, Toronto; Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle; Torii Hunter, Minnesota

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