The team controls the contracts of Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, David Murphy and rookie Julio Borbon. Byrd's situation is different. He's making a little more than $3 million this year, which is a lot for a team that's watching every dollar.
Byrd is hitting .283 with 15 home runs and a .325 on-base percentage, 15 points below his career average. He is striking out more and walking less, but both home runs and RBIs are up.
Byrd will likely command 6-8 million dollars annually. The Giants would be a good fit for Byrd. The corner outfield spots are definitely up for grabs, and the Giants probably can't afford a huge contract. Taking a low cost chance on Byrd could really pay off for them.