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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.

Category: MLB

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:49 pm

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

Really ? and how is that santana deal working out ?

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:40 pm

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

You'd have to be crazy to pay him that kind of money. Especially when you're the team that signed Barry Zito.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:40 pm

"free agenxy"---SAY IT ISN'T SO!!!!!!


Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:26 pm

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

Not everyone sells out for the yankee gold 

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:22 pm

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

You know the Yankees will have something to say about this...

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