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Larkin has been huddling with Bowden

Larkin has been huddling with Bowden

WASHINGTON -- Barry Larkin, who is a special assistant to Nationals general manager Jim Bowden, has been at Nationals Park the last few days to talk about his future with the club. Larkin's contract expires after the season.

There also was a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer in July quoting a family member as saying that Larkin wants to return to the Reds in some capacity, but Larkin, who played with Cincinnati for 19 years as their starting shortstop, denied the report, saying he is happy with the Nationals and wants to see what direction they are going in.

Larkin also is grateful to Bowden for giving him his first front office job and keeping his promise by keeping him busy. Larkin has been scouting around the country and tutoring the team's Minor League players.

"My contract is up at the end of the year, but one of the reasons I'm here is because I'm talking to Jim about the future. I don't know what's going to happen," Larkin said. "In lieu of everything that has happened with the [Dominican] investigation going on, I don't know what's going to happen.

"But I'm here, I'm with this organization, I'm trying to make this organization better and I'm talking about my future with this organization. If it works out, I'll be here. It if doesn't, I'll look at my other options. I haven't talked to Cincinnati about doing anything with them because I'm under contract with the Nationals."

In July, ESPN.com reported that Bowden and Jose Rijo, the team's special assistant to Bowden, were being investigated by federal investigators and Major League Baseball for their possible involvement in a financial scandal involving the signing of players from the Dominican Republic.

After spending four years with the Nationals, Larkin said he has an idea what he wants to do in the future, but wouldn't go into specifics. He acknowledged, however, that he does not want to become a general manager.

It's no secret that Bowden has great respect for Larkin, dating back to their days with the Reds. Bowden has often said that whatever Larkin wanted to do, he would be great at it. Bowden believes that Larkin could a great manager, coach or broadcaster one day.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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