Nationals G.M. Jim Bowden's resignation was triggered by reports that he's under investigation for his possible role in skimming bonuses given to Latin American prospects. His job, however, was going to be in jeopardy for more conventional reasons. Bowden was unable to build pitching staffs from low-budget retreads in Washington as effectively as he did in Cincinnati. After some initial success with Esteban Loaiza and Hector Carrasco in 2005, he assembled the NL's worst rotation in '06 and relied heavily on the meager products of one of the game's weakest farm systems. Of late, his taste for toolsy outfielders such as Elijah Dukes (above) has yielded a roster with seven major-league-caliber starting outfielders but a desperate lack of good arms.
This is an article from the March 9, 2009 issue