07/27/11 10:05 PM ET
D-backs still confident after Giants' big move
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
After watching the Giants, the team they are chasing in the National League West, go out and acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran, the D-backs players expressed confidence that general manager Kevin Towers would come up with a piece to help before Sunday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"I think K.T. has a pretty good track record as far as those things go," closer J.J. Putz said. "I think if there's a deal to be made that betters this ballclub without handcuffing us for the future, I think he'll do it."
The D-backs face off against the Giants in the final three games of this road trip next week and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is more focused on that than on possible trades.
"It doesn't change anything for us," Gibson said. "I told you guys we try to stay focused on what we can do, what we're capable of and push it to the end and have confidence that it will be good for us. They're going to do what they're going to do, we can't control that part of it so just don't waste energy on things you can't control. Try to control those things that you can control here.
"It concerns me more that they're the world champions than it does they're picking up guys. They are who they are. We know that, respect that and it's a challenge for us. We have to have to deal with who we're playing."
Towers has worked the phones with the hope of adding a piece or two for the bullpen, but the GM said he was unwilling to part with the club's top prospects in the process.
The D-backs were picked by many to finish near the bottom of the NL West after a rough Spring Training, but the longer they've hung around the race, the more belief has grown in the clubhouse.
"I'll say this, I think every single day these guys show up to the ballpark, including myself, we expect we're going to win a ballgame," Putz said.