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Matt Cain signs $127 million deal

Discussion in 'Scott Ferrall' started by Blackened, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Blackened Full Member


    Matt Cain will enter the 2012 season as the richest right-handed pitcher in baseball.

    Cain, a pillar of the San Francisco Giants' stellar rotation, has agreed to a six-year contract that will guarantee him $127.5 million, a person familiar with the negotiations tells USA TODAY. He also will have a full no-trade clause and there is a vesting option for 2018 that could bring the deal to $141 million.

    The only larger contract for a pitcher who wasn't eligible for free agency was Johan Santana, who signed a six year deal for $137.5 million with the New York Mets after being traded from Minnesota.

    The San Francisco Chronicle first reported that Cain, who could have been a free agent after this season, and the Giants had reached agreement on a contract extension.

    Cain's deal figures to reverberate throughout the industry.

    Cain and Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels both were working on contract extensions this spring. The Phillies were trying to stick to four years at about $20 million a year for Hamels. There appears to be little chance that will happen now.

    The Giants also had been aiming to lock up two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, who had turned down an offer north of $100 million previously. Now Lincecum, not eligible for free agency until after the 2013 season, could dwarf Cain's deal if he remains healthy. Lincecum is signed for $18 million this season and $22 million in 2013.

    Meanwhile, Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman and 2010 National League MVP, is nearing agreement on his own extension, one that may make Cain's look cheap.

    Votto is not eligible for free agency until after 2013, but MLB Trade Rumors first reported that Votto and the Reds are nearing an extension. Votto later told John Fay of theCincinnati Enquirer that an agreement is close, deferring to GM Walt Jocketty:
    "I can't comment till it's done. You'll have to ask Walt. It's a gray area."

    Votto's deal would figure to be huge, as he was two years from free agency, and his market was set, at least somewhat, by deals signed by Albert Pujols (10 years, $240 million) and Prince Fielder (nine years, $213 million). A lifetime .313 hitter,Votto has averaged 31 homers and 105 RBI per 162 games in his five-year career.

    Cain's statistics have been trending in a more positive fashion than Lincecum. Long a victim of poor run support with the Giants, Cain, whose lifetime record is 69-73, posted a career-best 2.88 earned-run average and 1.083 WHIP last season. He also did not give up an earned run in the 2010 postseason.
  2. Douchebag_AZ Full Member

    Dbacks will win the West..They should have spent some money on hitters.
  3. Blackened Full Member

    Nice to finally get this done.. Friday was the cutoff day for a contract extension or else they probably would have tested the free agent market at the end of the year .. Dodgers will be throwing some money around next year.. I was getting worried.

    On the other hand, the Giants payroll this year is $120M, Cain, Lincecum and Zito will account for about $65M of that next year, and we need to sign a big bat.. I'm guessing they will increase the payroll to about $130M next year, but I don't see it being much more than that..
  4. Blackened Full Member

    that second wildcard will give everyone a little more breathing room, but the one game playoff makes it dicey.. need to win the division, which is the way it should be.
  5. Blackened Full Member

    The extension was $112.5M over 5 years + the option for 2018.. Hamels is smiling
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  6. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    Damn...after Votto there won't be a franchise-building bat available until Stanton hits the market after 2016.
  7. A.Lange=Crazy Full Member

    Fuck Hamels will get crazy money now. Cain is good, but not sure worth this type of money.
  8. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    Including the two years Votto was already signed for, the total deal is 10/225M.
  9. GRATEFUL DEAD Full Member

    Cain's a great pitcher whose only gonna get better with experience.............
  10. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Shit Cain would have looked good in Blue...guess Hamels will be coming home next year....Kershaw and Hamels 1-2 will be sweet...
  11. A.Lange=Crazy Full Member

    Hamels is a SD guy. He already bashed the Dodger fans. Unless they give him crazy money forget it.
  12. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Unless you count Hamilton next year...but I'll take a pass on him....on top of being a douche fucker is always hurt...and is a choke artist...
  13. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Ohh thought he was from L.A.....how can the Phills re-sign him though..they would have what $85 mill a year on 4 pitchers...Hamels, Halladay, Lee, Papelbon...
  14. A.Lange=Crazy Full Member

    They print money now selling out every game. They know Hamels is the future though as Halladay and Lee are getting up there in age.
  15. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Hamels will be smart to test the market...Boston, Yanks, and the Dodgers will be in on him
  16. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    He'll be 33 if he hits the market, couple that with all of his other horseshit he definitely doesn't fit that mold.
  17. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Didn't realize he was that old....still hoping the Dodgers will make a play for Kendrys Morales ...always liked that dude....
  18. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    I want to see him last a year on that ankle before assessing his value. ouldn't be surprised if he went on the block next year after establishing his health. Even then LAD would have to put together an attractive package, as they have a good rapport with teams like Tampa who have better systems and will probably also be in the mix for him.
  19. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Yeah if he comes back and plays like he did before the injury they have a hell of a trade chip...whatever holes they may have after the All Star break...
  20. A.Lange=Crazy Full Member

    Angels lineup is all right handed bats. They need Morales to balance out lineup.
  21. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    The way the Angels are set up, with the majority of guys locked up long-term (Aybar being the only exception, but an extension is probably coming) they may not deal him at all unless they are blown away with an offer. Once Abreu and Hunter are exhiled he can DH full time with Trumbo spelling him. He's most likely not going to get moved for pen arms or lesser prospects. With the shortage of big time bats for the foreseeable future discussed earlier, they'd probably keep him if the market didn't net them some big pieces that can contribute into their win-now window. I don't think they are super scary offensively as it is, so taking him out of the equation wouldn't really service their immediate championship-centric goals.
  22. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    This. Though you're not really "balancing" it out with one LHB. Maybe they should call the Braves. :D
  23. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    So is Trumbo going to start the season at 3rd, and Morales will start at DH?
  24. Gindaloonatic Full Member

    Yeah, but it's gonna be a clusterfuck. Trumbo will probably DH vs. lefties, with Callaspo and Izturis getting PT over at 3rd. Hopefully Trumbo can cut down his K's and inch his OBP up to respectable level.
  25. Colon Cowboy Full Member

    Watching the game right now...Angels have a solid team....Dodgers will be lucky to come in 2nd in the west....

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