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The Giants are still trying to sign Matt Cain

Mar 29, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

Matt Cain

The last time we heard about the Giants contract talks with Matt Cain, we heard they were going nowhere.  Funny how your arch rivals being sold for $2 billion to a bunch of guys who sound like they want to spend money can change things:

The San Francisco Giants are committed to keeping All-Star right-hander Matt Cain in their talented rotation beyond 2012, and CEO and president Larry Baer said Thursday that serious conversations are ongoing with the pitcher’s representatives.

“We’re earnestly working with his agents … It wouldn’t be good to forecast it. All I know is there are discussions, and the discussions have been continuing.”

Cain is going to make a lot of money wherever he goes. But whether it pertains to Cain or to other players in the future, the Giants — and the rest of the NL West — is probably going to have to get used to the idea that, eventually, the Dodgers are going to start spending boatloads of money and behaving very much like the Yankees or the Red Sox.

If they want to compete when that happens, they need to start thinking about how to do that now. They can’t wait until they become the west coast version of the Orioles.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Will they be ABLE to keep CAIN?

    CAIN they sign him long-term, after all?

    Maybe with his big extention deal, he can afford to buy a very expensive top hat and CAIN.

    And I bet you all want to know who my favorite Mortal Kombat character is, too.

    • Reflex - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Sonya?

  2. thomas2727 - Mar 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    The Giants continue to whine about small market poverty. Meanwhile the owners are rolling in cash. They sold every freaking seat in the park last season. And still cry about being poor.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:53 AM

      Craig, does make an excellent point about the West Coast teams going forward – vis-a-vis the Dodgers.

  3. simon94022 - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    I don’t think you can accuse a ream with a $130 million payroll of “whining about poverty.”. Unfortunately a lot of that money is tied up in Zito, Rowand, and Huff.

    The danger is the Giants will conclude that large long term contracts are always unwise, when the real lesson is not to hand out large longterm contracts to players that everyone knew at the time were mediocre at best.

    • thomas2727 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Not sure if you live in the Bay Area? But I have heard for the last 10+ years about the debt service on the ball park. I was sick of hearing about if back in 2001.

      It has been beaten into the fan bases head so much that many seem accepting of the perceived lack of spending of the Giants.

      Rowand and Huff will be off the books next year.

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Not only should SF sign Cain they need another strong outfeilder?

    • nogoodtomedead - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Comments like this irritate me. Strong outfielder- like who? Every body acts like you can throw money around in free-agency and fix problems. Baseball doesn’t work that way- every year there are one or two players in free agency that can really make an impact- and their price gets driven up and the years get driven up to where it doesn’t make sense to sign them. You have to develop talent in your own system- and sign your stars before free agency. Thats why signing Cain is huge- if you don’t spend the money on him there isn’t anything comparable to him that the Giants will sign in FA. Sabeans a moron- he spends money in the worst ways.

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