Matt Cain sets an Opening Day deadline for contract negotiations

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The Giants can talk all they want about how hard they’re trying to sign Matt Cain to a contract extension, but Cain says that they have less than a week to get it done:

 

I can’t think of any reason on Earth why Cain should take anything other than a $100 million offer from the Giants right now. He’s way too attractive a free agent candidate next winter, and with team values shooting through the roof as a result of new TV deals everywhere, you have to figure that some GMs and owners will start handing out ridiculous contracts.

Report: Mets, Jose Quintana agree to 2-year, $26 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — The New York Mets and José Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract, adding another veteran arm to the team’s rotation.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

New York has been rebuilding its pitching staff following a playoff loss to San Diego in the wild-card round. Three members of its rotation became free agents this offseason, and the Mets also had several openings in their bullpen.

Ace right-hander Justin Verlander agreed to a two-year, $86.7 million contract with New York.

Quintana played for Pittsburgh and St. Louis last season, going 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts. The left-hander was terrific after he was traded to the Cardinals in August, posting a 2.01 ERA in 12 appearances for the NL Central champions.

Quintana also worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings for St. Louis in his lone playoff start, but the Cardinals were eliminated by Philadelphia.