The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers have been portrayed as the new Yankees-Red Sox, one side warily eyeing the other and making moves in response to their rival.
However, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto dismissed that as a factor in his thinking as Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline approached.
"We have to tend our own garden," Dipoto said last week. "The Angels are the Angels. The Rangers are the Rangers."
Each team made a move to shore up its starting pitching before the deadline. The Angels added Zack Greinke last week. The Rangers acquired Ryan Dempster just before the deadline arrived Tuesday.
"They had to," Angels veteran Torii Hunter said, referring to the Rangers' need to replace two starting pitchers lost to season-ending surgeries (Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz). "You lose two starters, you have to go out and get somebody. We all could see that coming."
The Angels clearly got the better player in Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner -- the best player to switch teams at the deadline this year. But manager Mike Scioscia was unwilling to get drawn into the point-counterpoint nature of trade-deadline analysis.
"We're focused on our team. We've gotten stronger from some acquisitions that have happened over the course of the season," he said before the Angels beat the Rangers for the second day in a row, winning 6-2 Tuesday. "We're just looking at our team, and that's what we're going to focus on, whether a team like the Rangers did acquire someone or not."
Dempster is expected to join the Rangers in time to pitch Thursday's series finale against the Angels.