If you're a baseball team chasing free-agency talent, the last thing you want are the Yankees and Red Sox chasing that same free-agency talent.
They have piles and piles of money and they make it difficult and/or insanely expensive to add important pieces to a roster.
So it's good news for the Giants that the Yankees are reportedly unlikely to chase after free-agent-to-be Carlos Beltran.
Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News writes Friday that, according to a "baseball executive familiar with the Yankees thinking," New York isn't likely to chase after Beltran and instead pick up Nick Swisher's option.
" 'That’s the clue,' the executive said. If the Yankees pick up Swisher’s option, they 'won’t be in on Beltran,' " McCarron writes.
Swisher's got a $10.25 million option in 2012, which is relatively decent value for a guy who hit .260/.374/.449 with 23 homers and 85 RBI, even if he'll be turning 31 soon.
And yes, the fact that it's a single year of paying Swisher, rather than paying Beltran multiple millions for multiple years starting at the age of 34 certainly contributes to the value of Swish's contract.
Of course, it's not a lock that that the Yankees won't chase after Beltran -- Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York wrote Thursday that the Yankees are interested in the free agent.
"He's on our list,'' a team official told Matthews. "But we have to make a decision on Swisher first.''
In other words, the Giants need to hope that the Yankees pick up Swisher's option ASAP if they have any intention of re-signing Beltran for something that doesn't resemble "absurdly over market value."