Good Timing, Great Contract for Cain

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Five thoughts recapping a slew of contract extensions: Giants starter Matt Cain became the highest-paid righthanded pitcher in baseball history ($127.5 million guaranteed from 2012 through 2017, with an option for 2018); two emerging stars -- Alex Gordon with the Royals and Asdrubal Cabrera with the Indians -- signed up for more years in the AL Central; and Reds first baseman Joey Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, was reported to be close to his own long-term deal.

1. Cain Is Able

Why Cain -- a pitcher who has never finished better than eighth in NL Cy Young voting -- is the new owner of the largest contract ever given to a righthanded pitcher in baseball history is all about timing (his) and misperception (those held by casual observers).


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