Former SF Giants player we're glad is gone: Kris Bryant
Much like the acquisition of Longoria, the Giants brought Kris Bryant aboard on a "good intentions" type of deal at the trade deadline in 2021. After all, he was coming off of an incredible seven-year tenure on the Chicago Cubs that saw him make four All-Star Games, win a Rookie of the Year Award and the 2016 NL MVP Award.
Bryant, one of the premier sluggers in the game during his prime, came to the Giants and did just okay for them. His 113 OPS+ in a Giants uniform suggests he was 13 percent above league-average with the bat, but he hit .262 and struggled mightily on defense.
The biggest reason Giants fans should be glad he's gone? His current contract. While he was strictly a rental piece in the second half of 2021, he hit free agency and cashed in big time with the division rival Colorado Rockies, signing a stunning seven-year, $182M contract.
Don't get me wrong, he remains a talented baseball player, but this contract is just ludicrous, and suggests that his asking price was way too high to begin with during free agency. Giants fans should be thrilled that the club did not pursue him on a deal like this one, even more so now that he's had a tough time getting going on his new club.