The Giants seized upon an opportunity to hold onto their own last year by signing Lowry to a four-year, $9.25 million extension with a $6.25 million option for 2010. Sabean indicated that Cain, who earned $328,000 last season, received a deal with similar parameters.But even though Cain witnessed Lowry's good fortune, he wasn't certain that the Giants would approach him about a multiyear deal, also. "It was a surprise, and it was a good surprise, that all this happened," Cain said. He earned it, in Sabean's view. "Matt got himself in this position because of his talent, work ethic and professionalism," Sabean said. Cain proved he was a keeper last season by finishing 13-12 with a 4.15 ERA. Showing his flair for the spectacular, the right-hander became the first pitcher since 1957 to carry either a no-hitter or a one-hitter through the fifth inning in five starts. "All he has to do is put his stuff on the plate," Sabean said. "When he does that, he's going to have one-hit stuff." Cain's signing places four members of the Giants' starting rotation under contract through at least 2008. Besides him and Lowry, San Francisco signed Barry Zito to a celebrated seven-year, $126 million deal through 2013 (with an option for 2014) and Matt Morris' three-year deal expires after next season. "It sets up the core of our rotation for the future. That's huge," Lowry said. "It's important for us to be able to play together and know we're going to be together for years to come. Just to know there's going to be that bond is exciting for me." And for Cain. "I'm looking forward to being with these guys for the next four or five years," he said.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.