Matt Cain was sharp aside form a pair of back-to-back home runs against the Texas Rangers Thursday night in the Cactus League, looking ready for another strong season for the Black and Orange. He still has his mind set on the April 6th 'cutoff date' off contract negotiations with the San Francisco Giants though, wanting to stay focused on the season instead of dealing with his contract.
Cain noted that he hasn't been keeping up with his agent everyday, but that talks are ongoing with the team. Giants president Larry Baer calls them 'a work in progress', using phrases like 'a fair process' when speaking to reporters. Cain spoke to the media after his outing Thursday night, talking not only about his mechanics and how he felt out on the mound, but also couldn't avoid talk of his looming free agency and possible contract extension with San Francisco.
Ken Rosenthal reports that he and the Phillies Cole Hamels are still a long ways away from getting any ink on paper as well, meaning both will likely enter the 2012 season free to focus on their jobs and showcase their stuff to other possible suitors. Something tells me both are going to have outstanding seasons once again.
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