Considering the Nats' interest in certain former sluggers this offseason, Bowden offers an interesting answer to the question of whether he thinks baseball's steroid problem has been cleaned up:
"Well, the problem has gone away because the players are going to be tested so many times that if you are guilty you are going to be caught. The fallout is still ongoing. In other words, there are players out there that we don't know whether they did or they didn't (use steroids) before testing.
You're seeing performance drop dramatically, you're seeing size drop dramatically and you don't know as a GM, Well, did this player have an off year? Or could this player have been on steroids and now is off them, and now we're seeing what the real player is without steroids?" (Jim Bowden, via Q&A on Florida Today 2/10/2006)
On an unrelated note, the Nationals will meet with Sammy Sosa's agent Adam Katz on Saturday, according to MLB.com.