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San Francisco Giants Sign Matt Cain to New Deal – Fan Reaction
It was initially reported on April 2, that Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants was "close to signing" a deal in the neighborhood of five years and $110 million. Just two weeks prior, on March 20, I questioned whether or not Matt Cain would want to stay with the Giants, and came to a very indecisive conclusion. Now that this report has emerged, I am very proud to say that I was wrong to think Cain might go elsewhere if the Giants couldn't get back to the playoffs in 2012.
Just as I began to write this article, I was on Facebook responding to posts regarding Cain when I saw that the Giants' Facebook page officially announced that the team has signed Cain through the 2017 season. I can honestly say that I am happy to have the day off today because my co-workers would have been giving me some weird looks with how excited I was upon hearing the news.
Cain may very well be the most important arm in the Giants' rotation and inn my mind and I'm sure in several others', Cain is the workhorse of the Giants' rotation. He led the National League in 2011 with 26 quality starts - 79 percent of his overall starts - and will look to have an even better year statistically in 2012.
Matt Cain was 12-11 in 2011 and should have done a great deal better in the win-loss column. He had a 2.88 ERA on the year and a great season for the Giants. Meanwhile, Ian Kennedy of the Arizona Diamondbacks had the exact same ERA, but had a 21-4 record to go along with it. It just goes to show what offensive backing can do for a pitcher and what kind of value fans place on a pitchers' win-loss record - although proven it is not always accurately indicative of how well a pitcher is pitching.
As far as what it does for Cain, it will allow him to focus on his pitching. The deal makes Cain the richest right-handed pitcher in baseball history and hopefully that won't shake him up. I'm not too concerned because he doesn't seem like the type of player who would crack under pressure. I mean, he didn't allow a single earned run in the 2010 playoffs, so I don't expect a little extra money to hurt his focus.
Cain and the Giants both have to be relieved and so am I. ESPN reports that his 2012 contract has been tossed aside and the deal is a six-year, $127.5 million deal that begins this season.
I'm more than satisfied that Cain has decided to stay with the Giants were able to come to terms and get a deal done before the 2012 season officially began. I feel as if the Giants caught a significant financial break on how much Cain could have cost had he made it to free agency. Regardless, I'm very happy to have Cain locked up as the Giants prepare for what should be a very exciting year of baseball.
David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where fresh content is posted daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions - all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.
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USAToday.com. Matt Cain signs $127 million deal. MLB 2012
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