Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 4/2/12
The country might be in dire economic shape, but don’t tell that to the San Francisco Giants or the low market Cincinnati Reds who both set new benchmarks player compensation. Lets start with Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain who is now the richest right-handed pitcher in baseball after he agreed to a five-year contract extension that will guarantee him $127.5 million dollars when added to the $15 million salary for 2012 that was remaining in his previous deal. The deal includes a $21 million option for 2018 with a $7.5 million buyout that, if exercised, would raise the total to $141 million over seven seasons. The only contract for a pitcher who wasn’t eligible for free agency larger than this one was the six year deal for $137.5 million that the Mets gave Johan Santana. Big day for Cain who at 27 is entering the prime of his career, but can you imagine what the Giants will have to pay Tim Lincecum after the 2013 season? Now that’s scary. Now, on to the big stuff. Joey Votto has ...
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