Bowden holds the keys to the action

With the trade deadline looming and several hot commodities at his disposal, Nationals GM Jim Bowden has the baseball world at his fingertips.

Originally Published: July 21, 2006
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The man running the switchboard of trade central in the major leagues is perfect for the job. He is Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, who, in two years, has gone from "Cold Pizza" to hot GM, the one with the most players to trade, the man who controls the market.

"Tell him to stay on hold, I'll be right there!'' Bowden yelled to his secretary, returned to the phone and told a writer, "Make it quick. I gotta go.''

Trade deadline time is Bowden's favorite time of year, especially ...

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