Bowden making the least of the winter meetingsThis article at MLB indicates that Bowden is unlikely to pull off any deals that don't suck this weekend. We knew that he's not finding a match with Perez, though apparently he should be able to get there if he non-tenders Armas (and maybe Ohkha? That would make for a poor move, but releasing Armas wouldn't be so bad if it definitely landed Perez). In other bad news, since Larkin seems to be out of the picture, we're competing (with the Mets) for Wil Cordero. And we're taking a run at Derek Lowe, who we're thankfully unlikely to sign.
He's looking into trades for Joe Kennedy, Ugueth Urbina and Ramon Ortiz, all of whom are valuable enough that I'm wondering who he's dangling out as bait (something more than Nick Johnson, whom we know has already been mentioned in trade discussions?). But, at least Bowden has supposedly cooled on Loaiza.
In other news, the Nats released Chad Bentz. I'd never heard of him, and assumed this was a move to make room for someone in the rule 5 draft, but didn't see Bentz on the 40-man roster.
Update: The post reports that Bentz was on the 40-man roster. When did he sneak on there? The MLB.com Nats roster is recent enough to have all of our off-season acquisitions on it...