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Joey Votto or Matt Cain: Whose team got a better deal? [poll]

April 03, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain, left, won't be hitting the free-agent market after this season; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto probably won't either.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain, left, won't be hitting the… (Marcio Jose Sanchez, Mark…)

Joey Votto and Matt Cain aren't going anywhere. Their teams made sure of that Monday, making both men extremely rich in the process.

Votto agreed on the framework of a 10-year, $225 million extension with the Cincinnati Reds, ESPN is reporting. That makes him the third first baseman who played in the National League Central last year to get a huge deal this off-season, but the only one of the three that did not switch teams, let alone leagues.

Albert Pujols got 10 years and $240 million to switch from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Angels and Prince Fielder received nine years and $214 million to leave the Milwaukee Brewers for the Detroit Tigers.

Votto was already signed through the 2013 season, with a base salary of $9.5 million in 2012 and $17 million next year. In his fifth season in the majors last year, he batted .309 (fifth in the NL) with 29 home runs (13th in the NL) and 103 RBIs (sixth in the NL).

Meanwhile, Cain got the largest deal ever for a right-handed pitcher -- a $127.5, six-year contract to remain with the San Francisco Giants. The agreement would add $112.5 million over five years to the $15 million he was already going to receive for the upcoming season. There's also a $5 million signing bonus, $20 million annually from 2013-17 and and a $21 million option for 2018 with a $7.5 million buyout.

Last year, the seven-year major leaguer went 12-11 with a 2.88 ERA (tied for seventh in the NL) and 179 strikeouts (15th in the NL).

Cain's teammate, two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum agreed to a $40.5 million, two-year contract in late January. The only pitchers to receive deals larger than Cain's are the New York Yankees' CC Sabathia and the New York Mets' Johan Santana, both left-handers.

Both the Reds and the Giants agreed to shell out a lot of money on Monday, but which team made the better deal? Vote in the poll, then leave a comment explaining why you voted the way you did.


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Joey Votto or Matt Cain: Whose team got a better deal? [poll]

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