Tick. Tick. Tick.
No, that’s not the newest animal (or in this case, nasty insect) hat created by the Giants’ marketing team but rather the clock on the self imposed deadline for contract negotiations set by Matt Cain and his representatives. As Spring Training has all but wound down with the Giants bringing their talent north before their season opening Arizona return, the front office and Cain’s agents have intensified their extension talks, this according to CSN’s Andrew Baggarly:
The Giants did more than pack their lockers as they broke camp Sunday. The front office also tried to wrap up right-hander Matt Cain.
Sources tell me that the volume of dialogue has increased between the Giants and Cain’s representatives as Friday’s soft deadline edges near. Cain reiterated on Saturday that he sees the start of the season as a “cutoff” to ensure he stays focused on baseball.
As Baggs makes mention, the deadline really is soft – though obviously both sides would prefer to put this scenario behind them quickly as possible, but even if it extends into the regular season (which seems plausible) you’d assume that would be good news as both sides attempt to iron out their financial differences.
Either way, it looks like both sides are trying their best to get something done before the Giants return to Arizona.