May 18, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Multiple exposure of San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain (18) during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Have The Dodgers Caused Giants To Increase Matt Cain Contract Talks?

Depending on who you believe, it’s been said that the impending sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to a few high rollers and some ex-basketball player (a bench player or something) may have forced the Giants to speed up their contractual talks with soon to be free agent Matt Cain.

Originally, the two sides (mostly imposed by Cain and his representatives) had hoped to iron out a new deal before the Spring came to an end (and there’s still time), but a report from Ken Rosenthal a week or so back implied that both sides had broken off talks (which was really never the case, later confirmed by both sides – yay Kenny).

Anyway, per Baggs and MLB Trade Rumors, it appears the soon to be loosey goosey, free spending Dodgers are on the prowl for some big name talent and the Giants want to make sure Cainer doesn’t go all Jason Schmidt on them:

The Giants and Matt Cain, perhaps newly motivated by the Dodgers’ $2.15 billion sale, have picked up extension talks again, writes Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com.  The negotiations are being watched carefully by the Players’ Association as the pitcher signed what was viewed as a pair of club-friendly extensions earlier in his career.

If Cain and the Giants weren’t able to get an extension done and he eventually did fall into free agency, he, along with Cole Hamels would certainly be the most attractive pieces on the market from a starting pitching standpoint. And while the Dodgers would love nothing more than to stick it to the Giants, Cain might not be even their top priority given Hamels’ strong Southern California ties (San Diego boy).

Either way, do I think the sale of the Dodgers did anything realistically to the Cain talks? No, not really. The self-imposed deadline of Spring or bust is/was nothing more than agent talk as is the majority of whats come out of the rumor mill. It’s two sides posturing, trying to get the most beneficial deal to them – wasting loads of valuable time instead of just meeting in the middle which I believe they’ll eventually do. It’s an elongated, much more valuable arbitration without the arbitrators, for a lack of better terms.

So um, I guess I should end this with suck it Dodgers or something?

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