Kapler knows Freeman, Bryant moves make Giants’ road tougher originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Joc Pederson didn’t waste any time getting to Giants camp. His locker was set up right near Wilmer Flores’ with a No. 23 jersey inside. The Giants even set up a locker for Joc’s older brother, Champ, who has Down syndrome and has been at Joc’s side throughout his big league career.
Scottsdale Stadium wasn’t the only place shuffling lockers around in the Phoenix area, though.
A few miles up the road, the Colorado Rockies prepared for Kris Bryant’s arrival. Across town, the rival Los Angeles Dodgers were giddy over the addition of Freddie Freeman, the 2020 National League MVP.
“They had a monster lineup last year, they’ll have a monster lineup this year,” manager Gabe Kapler said of the Dodgers. “You lose Corey Seager, you add Freddie Freeman, you just kind of filled that role and that hole. Seager was a tremendous challenge to beat and so is Freddie.
“I saw a lot of…