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No-trade postmortem: Bowden explains

So there was some late whispering that the Adam Dunn talks were alive down to the final hours, but that I don't know for absolute sure. They would have had to have a 72-hour negotiating window to try to get an extension done, and maybe that would've happened, but it didn't.

Chad Cordero is relieved. Here he is:

"For me, if it would've happened, it would've happened. I had no control over it. But for at least now, I'm happy."

"Of course I want to see the new ballpark. I'm driving by it every day. Being through all we've been through the last couple years, I want to be here and see it through."

And I'll give you some excerpts of GM Jim Bowden before I hack out something for that good ol' $.35 edition. The basic theme: The only major prospect given up at all in the trade deadline was Saltalamacchia, and therefore the Braves did the best. That's Bowden's take: That the franchise with the best farm system that was willing to deal their prospects won.

Some answers to specific questions:

In the last month, you made no trades to fortify the farm system and extended the contracts of two veterans. Evaluate where you are now compared to a month ago: "I think we're in the exact same spot we were a month ago. I mean, we certainly didn't give up any opportunities to get good young players to help us in the fuutre. We did not walk way from them. I'd say we're treading water from where we were a month ago, except for we're continuing to sign players in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela."

Bowden said specifically that he allowed trades not to get done because the trading partner wanted one or more pitchers from the short-season Class A team in Vermont, where Glenn Gibson, Adrian Alaniz and Colton Willems are pitching unbelievably well. Bowden: "It was tough walking away. It's hard walking away from some deals for 19-year-old players. At the same time, it's a compliment to our scouting department that we had those type of assets that other teams wouldn't make deals unless our 19-year-old players were involved in the trade."

More on the market in general: "I think last year the market was set. One thing we know, is that we're getting parity in the game. You get down to the trade deadline and small-market clubs do not have to dump payroll anymore. You're not seeing that. You're not seeing prospects being traded except for the Atlanta-Texas game, they're not going anywhere. The Red Sox and the Yankees and all the big market clubs are not trading their prospects."

On Cordero and Rauch: "We like them both a lot. We have a 25-year-old closer that's one of the best in the game. The last 36 appearances, 32 of them he hasn't given up a run. And we have him under control for two more years. The other one is 28 years old, we control him for three more years. Sure they're names. Everybody wants them. But we're not going to trade them unless you're getting pieces that are going to help us win a championship in a few years. They're not free agents. We didn't have to trade anybody."

And then this one should get some discussion going. Bowden was asked about the idea that he asks for too much in deals: "We will always ask for players that would help us win a championship. I am never going to feel bad for asking for players that can help us win. I'm not going to take players that can't help the Washington Nationals win at the big league level. So if they're going to criticize me, I'd much rather have them criticize me for asking for too much than asking for too little."

As if anyone's talking about the game, I'll pass on the lineup again, along with the Reds. And then I'll tell you to discuss the heck out of this while the game's going on, and enjoy the night. I may retire to the Tune Inn when I'm done to mull it all over.

Freel -- 8
Keppinger -- 6
Griffey -- 9
Phillips -- 4
Dunn -- 7
Conine -- 3
Encarnacion -- 5
Ross -- 2
Livingston -- 1

Lopez -- 6
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3
Kearns -- 9
Church -- 7
Schneider -- 2
Logan -- 8
Chico -- 1

And if the Nationals have a one-run lead going into the eighth, Jon Rauch and Chad Cordero will be on to try to close it out.

Talk to you later.

By Barry Svrluga  |  July 31, 2007; 6:41 PM ET
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