Ordered Bell numbers…and that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Even as his Giants are battling to advance to the World Series, general manager Brian Sabean looks around and sees his NL West rivals already gunning for San Francisco next year.
You bet he took note when the Diamondbacks slithered into action Saturday by acquiring reliever Heath Bell from Miami and shortstop Cliff Pennington from Oakland.
“That’s the nature of our division,” Sabean said Sunday afternoon as the Giants prepared for Game 6. “Our division is very competitive and very underrated.
“I say it every year. Every year, it’s a shotgun start in our division. And it will be the same next year.”
With Bell, if Arizona can get him back on track, the Diamondbacks could have a lockdown bullpen next season. General manager Kevin Towers says he envisions Bell as his seventh inning guy, David Hernandez for the eighth and J.J. Putz to close. Plus, ground-ball specialist Brad Ziegler will be an important factor.
“I can see why they did it,” Sabean said. “A strong bullpen is very important. A lot of tight games are played in this division.”
Posted: October 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM | 23 comment(s)
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