For the second time in a week, right-hander Matt Cain expressed the desire to resolve contract negotiations before opening day.

"I believe both sides would like to have something resolved, whether that's signing back or not," Cain said. "Once the season starts, I want to be thinking about the season. That's my main goal."

Cain won't set a deadline to get a new deal done, as many players have done, and his agents might still negotiate with the Giants during the season. "We're listening to anything that's of fair value," he added.

Do the Giants and Cain's side have some sort of agreement on what fair value is?

"To be determined" team president and CEO Larry Baer said. "It's to be determined."

Cain's value on the open market already has been determined to some extent. A new deal likely would start in the range set by Angels right-hander Jered Weaver, who signed five-year, $85 million extension that was considered throughout the industry to be a "hometown discount" type of deal.

Given Cain's age (27), past performance (3.35 career ERA), postseason success (21?1/3 scoreless innings in 2010), and durability (five straight 200-plus inning seasons), it wouldn't be unreasonable for him to take negotiations into Cliff Lee territory or beyond.