After Dodgers' trade, D-backs focus on themselves

After Dodgers' trade, D-backs focus on themselves

PHOENIX -- On the day the division rival Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford from the Red Sox in one of the most memorable waiver trades in recent years, the D-backs maintained their mantra of focusing on themselves, not other teams.

"It's nothing we can control here, I know what kind of team we have and if we play up to our abilities like I know we can, we can beat anybody," D-backs outfielder Jason Kubel said. "We can still do that, we just haven't done it consistently. It doesn't matter what team they have."

The D-backs are especially knowledgeable about Gonzalez, who spent five seasons in the National League West with the Padres from 2006-10. In 90 career games against Arizona, Gonzalez boasts a .288 average with 20 homers and 58 RBIs.

"He's a great player, we know him well," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He certainly creates challenges within himself and the lineup. They've added a lot. Those guys are all good players, it'll be tough."

No matter what the Dodgers add offensively, Gibson still appears to be confident about his club's future, which will be built on young arms like Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs, Wade Miley and Trevor Bauer, among others.

"I think in general, pitching is the most important thing you can have," he said. "If that goes well then you have a good shot. Good pitching will shut down good hitting when it counts. And if not shut down, at least maintain it to keep you in the game."