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Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:53 pm

There was a belief around baseball that Giants star Matt Cain was going to be an easy sign for the Giants. Now that doesn't seem quite so certain.

Word going around the game a few back was that Cain, who's eligible for free agenxy after the season, might even be prepared to sign back with the Giants for less than $100 million. Now that seems far less likely.

The Giants offered at least $100 million on a five-year deal to ace Tim Lincecum but according to sources started negotiations significantly lower than that to Cain, who would be the staff ace in many other players but is clearly No. 2 to Lincecum in San Francisco. Meantime, there were whispers around the game that Cain -- who once signed a $27-million, three-year deal that covered his arbitration years and turned out to be very team friendly -- wasn't prepared to pursue top dollar on the open market.

However, Cain's comments so far in spring training certainly have done nothing to foster the idea that he is a slam-dunk sign. He recently told Giants writers in Scottsdale, Ariz., "I believe both sides would like to have something resolved, whether that's signing back or not. Once the season starts, I want to be thinking about the season. That's my main goal.''

It isn't known for sure whether Cain's stance has changed, but there are definitely indications he's at least open to leaving. Sometime in the last several weeks, his longtime agent Landon Williams was hired by CAA Baseball, a large agency. Whether that was a factor in Cain's stance isn't known either. Cain's new CAA rep Jeff Berry, who's working with Williams on the high-profile case, declined comment the other day when asked about the situation.

But consider that CAA negotiated Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman's $100-million, six-year extension, and Zimmerman had two years to go before free agency (to Cain's one) as well as a history of injuries (Cain has none). Some baseball people say they believe Cain's true comp is Cliff Lee and his $120-million deal, while others say he could even top that on the open market; while Lee has shown more dominance, Cain would be a considerably younger free agent.

The best guess here is that Cain still winds up staying with the Giants. He is homegrown guy who has shown inclinations of preferring to stay in the past even if doesn't seem like quite the certainty anymore. One thing seems sure, though, the Giants' great hope to keep the contract below $100 million looks like a major long shot now.

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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:00 am

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

LMAO...last time I checked neither the Dodgers NOR the Midgets won it all last year, AND Clayton Kershaw beat your supposed "ace", the pot-smoking ugliest lesbian in the world Lincecum three...THREE...times.

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:37 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

The Giants should and will be flogged if they lose Cain.  Money isn't the issue, not with their offense trending cheap with young stars in SF already (Sandoval, Posey, Belt) and Brown, Panik, and their catching depth coming soon.  The excuse of Zito and Rowand doesn't have much legs left.  Get it done FO. 

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:29 am

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

Perhaps if the Giants weren't paying a ton of money to Zito to be completely worthless, this deal would already be done.  I am sure the Giants are counting the days until Zito's contract is up. 

Since: Mar 4, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:17 pm
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Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:01 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

I guess it doesn't make sense to some people that not everyone can be bought out to the highest bidder. Cain loves living in the Bay Area. He will stay with the Giants because of the organization and the fans that love him and now that we have one World Series, winning another does not seem out of reach, in fact it looks very probable now that the Giants are getting some hitting. Who knows even Barry Zito may have a big year.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:58 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

@disgusted. you're a moron. how about you learn something about baseball. he's an under .500 pitcher with a career ERA of 3.3 and averages 175 Ks a year oh and a WHIP of under 1.2. with an average of 3 walks a game and less than 1 HR a game again....THATS FOR HIS CAREER. good job at proving that you're a complete moron.

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:55 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

Sorry but you are wrong.  threw 21+ scorless innings in the 2010 postseason. He'd be closing in on 100 career wins by now if the Giants scored some runs. 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:51 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

Puss disgusted knows nothing about the Giants or baseball. Cain is among the top three pitchers for lowest run support the past four years. Puss disgusted just hates that his Dodgers suck! Puss disgusted indeed!

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:34 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

Puss Arm
not mentally tough in close games

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:01 pm

Giants' hope to keep Cain below $100M unsure now

Yankees are trying to get to 170 Mil to avoid the new luxury tax next season. They can't really do that by adding a 20 mil salary to their payroll. Not sure where Cain could 20 mil from. Cubs have a lot of salary coming off next season and a GM used to spending $$. It is a strange sort of irony that the Giants signing of barry Zito ( owed 20 mil next season) could prevent the Giants from keeping Cain.

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