Bowden gets new contract from Nationals

March 9, 2006 at 8:06 PM

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Washington Nationals vice president and general manager Jim Bowden Thursday signed a contract extension through the 2006 season.

Also signing a new deal was assistant general manager Tony Siegle.

Bowden, 44, and Manager Frank Robinson put together a team that compiled a record of 81-81 in the Nationals first season in the nation's capital from Montreal. Their 14-game improvement matched the Brewers for the third largest in baseball.

Bowden's status was always in limbo because the Washington franchise is run by Major League Baseball and a new owner has been sought for over a year. The team said on its Web site that a new deal has been in the works for several weeks. Bowden was working on a six-month contract, which was set to expire on April 30.

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