Bowden's Bullets: The Yankees and Gio
• The New York Yankees have been reluctant to move top pitching prospects Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances for all the right reasons. However, if Oakland shops southpaw Gio Gonzalez, who has one of the best left-handed breaking balls in the AL, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will adjust and include at least one of the two in the right package. Cashman is also pursuing Jair Jurrjens from the Braves, dangling shortstop Eduardo Nunez , but so far will not give up either Banuelos or Betances for Jurrjens.
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Bowden, who served as the senior vice president and GM for the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals, is an analyst for ESPN.com. In 1992, Bowden became the youngest GM in MLB history when the Reds hired him at age 31. The Reds finished in first place twice during his 10 years as GM, and he was named MLB Executive of the Year by Baseball America in 1999. After working for ESPN in 2004, Bowden became the first GM of the Washington Nationals when the franchise relocated from Montreal to Washington, D.C., in 2005, working in that role until the 2009 season. Bowden co-hosts the "Inside Pitch" radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio. Follow on Twitter: @JimBowdenESPNxm.
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