Matt Cain signs $127 million deal

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    http://content.usatoday.com/communi...matt-cain-contract-reds-giants/1#.T3oILGHCngU



    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 the Cincinnati 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.
     
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    Cain with the 1 hit CG shutout on opening day.. 11K, 0 walks.. 19 1st pitch strikes out 0f 28, only hit was by the pitcher..

    madbum took a no-hitter into the 6th yesterday as well .. the crazy thing is after the first week, the Giants lead the league in runs per game and last in era (prior to this game).. twilight zone