Dodgers' NL West foes downplay potential trade impact

Dodgers' NL West foes downplay potential trade impact

Dodgers' NL West foes downplay potential trade impact
The Giants are holding off the Dodgers for the National League West lead, and on Friday they insisted they aren't looking over their shoulders, even as their arch rival appears poised to add significant reinforcements.

The reported nine-player deal between the Dodgers and Red Sox would send pitcher Josh Beckett, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford (out for the season after Tommy John surgery) and infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles. Such a haul figures to help the Dodgers in their quest to overcome the Giants' three-game lead, but San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy didn't sound too concerned.

"We're hearing the news," Bochy said before his team's win over the Braves. "It's like I always say: You can't be worried about things you can't control. We can control what we do here, which is to go out and win every game. I don't know what's going to happen there, and it really shouldn't matter to us.

"We have the talent here. It doesn't matter what the other clubs do."

Outfielder Angel Pagan echoed those sentiments after the game.

"I don't pay any attention to that. The only thing I pay attention is to what we do," he said. "What other teams do, that's their business. We're focused on winning ball games, and coming down the stretch, we just need to focus on winning games and to see where we'll be at the end of the season."

The Padres are 14 1/2 games out in the division but play the Dodgers six more times this season. Manager Bud Black also wanted to keep the focus on his club, even while admitting the potential deal's magnitude.

"It's hard not to pay attention to it," Black said. "Players are aware of what is happening in the game as it relates to other clubs, but guys understand that the focus is on our club and what we need to do. What other teams do is out of our hands. Our players realize that our challenge is to play good baseball.

"It is no doubt newsworthy when you are talking about the caliber of players that might be going to another team. That's a huge trade based on the players."

The Giants and Dodgers will meet for two more series before the end of the regular season -- Sept. 7-9 in San Francisco and Oct. 1-3 to close out the season in Los Angeles. The Dodgers lineup might look a bit different than it did when the club hosted its division foe last week, but for now, San Francisco pitcher Ryan Vogelsong isn't going to get caught up in the trade buzz.

"I don't try and concern myself with what's going on other than the game and facing them next time," Vogelsong said. "If they get those guys, I'll worry about it when I have to pitch against them."

Andrew Simon is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.