Giants veteran third baseman Evan Longoria is giving credit where credit is due.
San Francisco acquired third baseman Kris Bryant from the Chicago Cubs at the very end of the MLB trade deadline and so far, it’s been working out very well for the team that sits in first place in the NL West.
“Top to bottom, obviously Farhan [Zaidi], Scott Harris, [Gabe Kapler], our whole staff, they've done an amazing job acquiring players,” Longoria told ABC10’s Sean Cunningham on Thursday. “You look at this Triple-A team here, and it's probably as deep, especially offensively as any group I've seen. I mean, we have probably five, six guys on this team that have had big league experience this year.”
Longoria currently is rehabbing with Triple-A Sacramento after sustaining a shoulder sprain two months ago.
“It just speaks to the depth, speaks to the ability of guys to come from here to there and contribute and fill in,” Longoria added. “And obviously adding Kris Bryant at the deadline has been huge. Even if, I mean, he had a big game yesterday, and he hit a home run in his first game, even if a guy doesn't step in and set the world on fire, the morale boost you get from adding a player like Kris' caliber, if you were in the clubhouse, you'd see it. It speaks volumes for guy's mentality coming to the game every day.”
Bryant said he grew up watching Barry Bonds play and had always wanted to be a member of the Giants. It was the cherry on top of the dessert he already brings to the team with seven seasons, four All-Star selections and a 2016 NL MVP season.
In seven games with the Giants this season, Bryant has nine hits and is batting .318.
The Giants also acquired reliever Tony Watson … again. He was with the Los Angeles Angels and was brought back to the team via trade. He was very successful with the Giants during the 2020 season when he boasted a 2.50 ERA.
“Tony Watson is another guy who, you know, will fly under the radar,” Longoria said. “He always has, but the last three years, he was one of the backbones of our bullpen. So he's another big add.”
Longoria said with the additions of Bryant, Watson and all of the guys in the minors the team could use, they’re sitting pretty.
“Coming down this stretch, we're going to need everybody, and I think that's why we're pretty well set up to be in contention and playing for a World Series hopefully.”