Red Sox ink ace pitcher Chris Sale to 5-year, $145-million extension
Left-handed fireballer has made AL all-star team for 7 straight seasons
The Boston Red Sox and ace left-hander Chris Sale have agreed to a long-term contract extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
Sale, who turns 30 on March 30, is scheduled to make $15 million in 2019, completing a team-friendly five-year, $32.5 million extension he signed with the White Sox in 2013 that included two club options.
According to MLB.com, Sale will earn $30 million annually from 2020 through 2022, then $27.5 million the following two seasons. Sale reportedly has an opt-out window after the 2022 season.
"When half the league isn't trying to win anything, and we have a team that's trying to win every year? That says a lot. As players, you can't not respect it," Sale said Saturday.
"We have a track record of winning. And even when we don't, we're still lined up to win. Since the turn of the century, we have the most World Series wins."
Sale is 103-62 with a 2.89 earned-run average over nine seasons, making the all-star team the past seven years running.
He’s here to stay. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaleDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SaleDay</a> <a href="https://t.co/zBAaeDY8Oc">pic.twitter.com/zBAaeDY8Oc</a>—@RedSox
Sale finished the regular season 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA over 158 innings, his lowest innings total since he became a starter with the Chicago White Sox in 2012.
With files from The Associated Press