Matt Cain is one season away from hitting the open market as a 28-year-old free agent and told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he’s unlikely to discuss a long-term contract extension once spring training is over.
“We’d all like something resolved by the end of spring training,” Cain said. “I don’t think either side wants that to linger into the season.”
Baggarly describes the two sides as having “plenty of mutual interest” in an extension, but barring a major injury Cain is likely in line for a $100 million deal as a free agent.
His win-loss records have typically been underwhelming because of poor run support, but Cain has thrown 200-plus innings in five straight seasons while posting ERAs of 3.65, 3.76, 2.89, 3.14, and 2.88. Rarely does a starting pitcher of that quality become a free agent at such a young age–he debuted at age 20–so it’s hard to imagine Cain not being able to get at least a six-year deal for huge money.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.