There's an "understanding" between the Giants and Matt Cain that they'll try to wrap up contract extension talks before the Opening Day, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. There is no evidence they are close to a deal or that they've even made progress in recent weeks. Extension talks with Tim Lincecum are on hold so the team can focus on Cain given the short window.
The Giants made Cain an initial offer a few weeks ago, though the 27-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a nine-figure guarantee. The team's offer was not close to $100MM according to Heyman. Cain will earn $15MM in 2012 before hitting the open market next winter, when he will arguably be the best free agent right-handed starter since Mike Mussina in 2000.
Lincecum signed a two-year extension worth $40.5MM this offseason, and San Francisco offered him a five-year deal worth roughly $100MM not too long ago. The two sides are said to be $75MM or so apart.
After reading that, as well as before reading that… SFG can have eternal hope, but there is slim chance Cain signs for much (if any) below 100m. 100m would be a discount.
That’s ridiculous, the Giants are probably trying to use Weaver’s extension as a model.
I’m fine with them waiting until after this season to make sure he doesn’t get injured or his stock falls, but if they let Cain walk I’m not buying any tickets or merchandise next season.
Im sure that’ll get them t sign him
I’m not saying it will but if they’re gonna neglect their fanbase by playing the “we don’t have enough money” card, that’s the only thing I can do in return.
Cain is being asked to set the trend of aces in the new dual WC scenario- there’s no way his agent lets him get away without 9 figures AND likely more than 5 years. It’s important to recognize how much less dependent on environs Cain is: yes he’s a fly ball pitcher in a big park but he’s not as particular as Lincecum in terms of what he can handle for climate, media etc. Lincecum they will have to overmatch Seattle’s $ for, it’s a near certainty it will come down to those 2 teams.
Sounds like Pujols all over again, if giants don’t reach agreement by opening day then you can kiss Cain goodbye. Bye Bye Cain
same with Milwaukee and Greinke
Hmmm. Guess it wasn’t Pujols all over again.
Man, it sure does get old watching all these primadonna athletes fight for an extra few million. How much money does a person need?
Man, it sure does get old watching all these primadonna owners fight for an extra few million. How much money does a person need?
That’s a jaded picture- Cain is not a showboat in any sense, nor is it HE that’s holding out. It’s an agent that’s looking to make him into an example to set the line and convincing him that he shouldn’t give in to offers that he may even consider reasonable.
Cain is nothing of a primadonna….Cain changes lives, cain is stoic, Cain is tied for lowest post season ERA ever
Better than Cliff Lee, and CC Sabathia? I’m sorry but c’mon you can’t be serious.
One of these things is not like the other… It says best righty free agent since Mussina.
lol I almost fell in this line until i noticed the RHP when I reread it
Cain has way more upside than Cliff Lee….one of the most overrated SP right now……he’s the 3rd best SP on the Phillies…..I would take Cain anyday over Lee…..Cain has proven himself time and time again as well as one thing….He has the ring and has been more dominant in PostSeason than Lee.
Cliff Lee is getting up there in years and Sabathia chokes in big games. If it came down to one big game to pitch I’d take Cain over both of them.
Wow over a decade since a righty of the same pitching caliber has hit the market. Kinda weird to think about.
best FA righty since Mussina? really? Roger Clemens anyone?
Matt Cain isn’t a ‘roid head.
Cain is also entering his prime years. He’s still only 27.