PHILADELPHIA - As the Nationals have gotten off to a slow start offensively this season, it's been fashionable amongst fans to point out that they could have had former first baseman Adam Dunn's big bat in the middle of their lineup, if only they'd decided to re-sign the slugger during (or shortly after) the 2010 season. But in his first month with his new team, Dunn has been struggling as much or more as his replacement, Adam LaRoche.
Dunn is hitting just .153/.301/.282 in 25 games with the White Sox, having posted only three homers and six RBIs so far. Dunn is adjusting to a new set of pitchers in the American League, and it's likely his numbers will rebound (he's been one of the most consistent power hitters in the game). But at the moment, he's got similar numbers to LaRoche, who is hitting .186/.301/.309 with three homers and 11 RBIs.
Speaking of Dunn, the general manager who drafted him in Cincinnati and signed him in Washington - Jim Bowden - has a new job. Bowden, who started working for Sirius XM Radio and Fox shortly after resigning as Nationals GM in March 2009, has left Fox for ESPN, where he'll blog for ESPN.com and "provide multimedia analysis across ESPN's digital platforms," according to an editor's note on his first blog post. Bowden wrote about the possible trade market for Jose Reyes, and lists the Nationals as a team that could use the Mets shortstop, but likely wouldn't have the prospects to pull off a trade. Take that for what it's worth, but that's Bowden's opinion at the moment.