Free agent Joe Smith’s chances of getting the three-year deal he’s seeking improved Friday with the help of the San Francisco Giants. Which is another way of saying, Smith probably won’t be re-signing with the Indians.

It was Friday that the Giants came to terms with left-hander Javier Lopez on a three-year deal worth $13 million. Lopez, a free agent, is set to rejoin the Giants providing he passes a physical scheduled for Tuesday.

Smith, 29, is seven years younger than Lopez and more versatile. All of which puts him in line for a three-year deal worth at least $15 million to $18 million. On the Indians’ budget, that’s probably more than they’re willing to pay for a set-up man.

Lopez, 36, is a left-handed specialist. Lefties hit .156 (14-for-98) and righties .296 (16-for-54) against him last season.

Over the last five years with the Indians, righties have hit .201 (118-for-587) and lefties .251 (101-fr-403) against Smith. Over the last two years, lefties have hit just .223 (47-for-211) against Smith.

Since being acquired by former General Manager Mark Shapiro at the Las Vegas winter meetings in 2008, Smith is 18-11 with three saves, a 2.76 ERA and a .221 batting average against in 303 appearances for the Tribe. Now Smith, who made $3.15 million last season and has averaged 71 appearances over the last three years, is in line to get paid.

The Indians have been reluctant to give Smith a three-year deal with reason. Not only would it stretch their budget, but last winter several relievers signed two to three-year deals that did not turn out well.

The most painful examples were Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton. The Dodgers signed League to a three-year $22.5 million deal and he almost immediately went into the tank and eventually lost his closer’s job to Kenley Jansen. The Reds signed Broxton to a three-year $21 million deal and he made just 34 appearances before needing season-ending surgery on flexor muscle in his right elbow.