The Giants, Matt Cain have “a very healthy dialogue going” on an extension

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Matt Cain’s future in San Francisco is ensured through 2012 by virtue of the three-year contract he signed before the 2010 season. But the Giants would like to have him around longer, obviously.  Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News spoke with Giants VP Bobby Evans, and he sounds pretty optimistic about all of that:

Evans confirmed that the club has spoken with Cain’s representatives in recent days. He described the talks as “very healthy dialogue and it’s ongoing.”

“I’m an optimist by nature so you can pretty well gather we’ll do everything we can with all parties to come to agreeable terms,” Evans said. “They’ve been very responsive.”

At the moment I can’t help but think that this is more relevant news for Yankees fans than anyone.  Coveting Matt Cain is one of the more popular things they do when actual baseball games aren’t being played.

The Orioles are “moving aggressively” to trade Manny Machado

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Orioles “are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can trade him by the end of the week.” There are reportedly “strong offers” for Machado from both the White Sox, per Ken Rosenthal, and the Cardinals, per Nightengale. The Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also reportedly involved in talks, though it does seem unlikely that the O’s would trade Machado to a division rival.

Machado, 25, is a guy around which a team could build a franchise. The Orioles, however, seem resigned to the notion that they will not be able to sign him to a long term contract once he hits free agency a year from now. If they do deal him, it would not be terribly shocking to see the O’s just go all-in with a full rebuild, putting relievers Brad Brach and Zach Britton and outfielder Adam Jones on the market, given that they too can become free agents following the 2018 season.

Machado had a down 2017, hitting .259/.310/.471, but still hit 33 homers and drove in 95 runs. In the two years prior he posted OPSs of .876 and .861. As such, the price for a team to acquire him will be high, even if he’s entering his walk year.