Contract discussions between the Giants and pitcher Matt Cain have reportedly reached an impasse following the latest round of negotiations.
According to FoxSports.com, Cain's representatives and team officials met Wednesday and were unable to make progress toward a deal. The story cited major league sources and indicated that no new talks were planned.
If Cain does not agree to a deal with San Francisco, he becomes a free agent at the end of the 2012 season. Cain has a career record of 69-73 but has gone 39-30 with a 2.97 ERA over the past three seasons.
He struck out four Indians in 3 23 innings Wednesday but also permitted two runs on five hits and a walk.
Afterward, when asked about his contract situation, Cain was tight-lipped.
No updates, Cain said. Good try though.
The Giants designated right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez Sunday and purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Bryan Morris from Triple-A in a corresponding move, the team announced.
Ramirez appeared in nine games for the Giants this season. In 10.1 innings pitched, he went 0-0 with a 13.06 ERA.
Morris has spent time with both the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats this season. Between the two levels, Morris is 1-0 with 0.00 ERA in five games.
The 30-year-old fractured his right foot in spring training during a live batting practice drill. Over five years in the majors, Morris is 18-12 with a 2.80 ERA.
As Bruce Bochy continues to move around his order, Eduardo Nunez is up to the leadoff spot Sunday against the Padres.
San Diego Padres (10-16)
1. Manuel Margot (R) CF
2. Erick Aybar (S) SS
3. Wil Myers (R) 1B
4. Yangervis Solarte (S) 2B
5. Austin Hedges (R) C
6. Ryan Schimpf (L) 3B
7. Hunter Renfroe (R) RF
8. Jabari Blash (R) LF
9. Clayton Richard (L) P
San Francisco Giants (9-16)
1. Eduardo Nunez (R) SS
2. Brandon Belt (L) LF
3. Hunter Pence (R) RF
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Michael Morse (R) 1B
6. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Gorkys Hernandez (R) CF
9. Ty Blach (R) P