PHOENIX -- The last time the Dodgers acquired a player with the last name Ramirez for a playoff push, things did not turn out that well for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Manny Ramirez came in and helped the Dodgers overtake the D-backs in the race for the 2008 National League West title. This year, the Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins to provide what they hope will be an offensive boost as they try to overtake the Giants and stay ahead of the D-backs in the race.
"I was surprised Hanley got traded, but it just means that this division is going to get stronger offensively," D-backs ace Ian Kennedy said. "It should make it a fun race all the way down to the end." Whether Ramirez proves to be a difference-maker remains to be seen. "Manny went off and Manny literally carried the team," said D-backs outfielder Chris Young, who was a member of the '08 club. "Will Hanley do that? I don't know. Only time will tell how it pays out for them. We're just going to keep doing what we're doing, keep trucking along. It doesn't change anything over here as far as our mentality. Hanley's a great player, I'm not taking anything away from him at all, but you can't let that affect the way you feel yourself as a team." Last year, the D-backs were locked in a battle with the Giants, who acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran before the Trade Deadline. The move did not pay dividends, as the D-backs easily outdistanced San Francisco for the division title. This is the time of year where players keep an eye not just on what other teams in their division are doing, but also what their own front office is able to do. "I feel like it's going to be a three-team race," Kennedy said. "I imagine the Giants will get a player like they got Beltran last year. I'm curious to see what we do."