After a fairly uneventful offseason, the San Francisco Giants landed a big fish, locking up one of their best players to a record deal.

On Monday, the team inked starter Matt Cain to a five-year, $112.5 million extension with a club option for 2018. With an average annual salary of $22.5 million, it is the largest long-term contract ever for a right-handed pitcher.

Cain has been a workhorse for the Giants ever since joining the Major League club in 2005, making at least 30 starts in every full season. Last year, he compiled a seemingly pedestrian 12-11 record, but with a 2.88 ERA.

The team may not have signed any huge name free agents this offseason, but they have taken of their own, including their two best starters, Cain and Tim Lincecum and their best hitter, Pablo Sandoval.  The Giants open the regular season on the road on Friday in Arizona.



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