SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants general manager Brian Sabean wasn't surprised to see a National League West team already engage in significant trade activity in hopes of strengthening its roster.
"That's the nature of our division," Sabean said Sunday, one day after the Arizona Diamondbacks obtained right-hander reliever Heath Bell from Miami and shortstop Cliff Pennington from Oakland in separate deals. "Our division's very competitive, very underrated."
Sabean cited the division's balance of power. Since 2006, each NL West club has reached the postseason, and all but the Colorado Rockies have won at least one division title in that span.
"I say it every year: Every year's a shotgun start, and it'll be the same next spring," Sabean said. "Very few times does it play out for the club that's favored."
Though Bell endured a rough year, posting a 5.09 ERA in 73 appearances, he could improve in a non-closing role, which will likely be the case with Arizona. Sabean said that obtaining Bell made sense for the D-backs.
"A lot of tight games are played in this division," he said.