I was going over the news looking for a story to write about and came across the Matt Cain contract extention. A total six years for 127 million dollars. So how does Tim Lincecum feel about his two years for 40.5 million dollars contract? He is probably not happy right no, nor should he be. Actually any 0.500 pitcher in the bigs should be pissed at the contract Cain got.
In no way shape or form should Cain have gotten that kind of money. Did the Giants not learn anything from the Barry Zito deal? There are maybe five pitchers in baseball that can command $20 million a year for more than say three years tops. I can’t deny that Matt Cain is a good pitcher. A very good pitcher, but man did the Giants overpay for him.
I think that the Giants took care of the wrong pitcher, Lincecum needs to be taken care of and you know he’s going to remember this come the end of next season. If Cain is a $20 million a year guy then Lincecum is a $30 million guy. He is going to make them pay out the nose and he should. When Cain brings home two Cy Young awards and over 180 strikeouts, that’s when he earns the $20 million moniker.
On the positive side, Cain is much better than his record indicates. He is a career 69-73 pitcher, but in the past three years he has had an average of ERA of 3.02, a WHIP of 1.13 and 174 strikeouts a season. That is a solid stat line and he is a young guy (26 years old), but I just don’t think he is worth the money. As far as eBay is concerned the collectors aren’t paying top dollar for Cain autographs yet. His can be had for between $12-$25, and the collectors know he’s not a top dollar pitcher. If he was his cards would have been worth at least 3 times that amount.