Chris Sale Officially Agrees To Contract Extension With Red Sox

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is in line for a new five-year contract

Left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension, pending a physical next week, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Sale spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Chicago White Sox, where he pitched to a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA.

The length of the contract was surely a sticking point in negotiations between Sale and the Sox, given last season's shoulder troubles that limited him to 158 regular-season innings.

The new contract raises his guarantee to $160 million over the next six seasons.

Update No. 2: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Chris Sale extension will be for five years and $145 million, an average annual value of $29 million.

Inflammation in his left shoulder sent him to the injured list twice last season, which could be cause for concern considering Sale tossed over 200 innings for three consecutive seasons entering 2018. He went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.98 FIP, 0.861 WHIP, and 237 strikeouts en route to a World Series ring with the Red Sox.

His new deal also includes a $20 million option for 2025 that could become guaranteed based on a top-10 finish in the 2024 Cy Young vote, and the price could escalate up to $25 million based on his Cy Young finish in 2023 and '24. "I'm just focused kind of on what's going on and getting through spring training and getting ready".

Boston's payroll for purposes of the tax already is about $240 million, nearing the $246 million threshold for the second surtax.

Though Sale has been among the very best pitchers in baseball for each one of the past seven seasons, a contract extension is not without its risks. Plus World Series hero and former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who re-signed with Boston this winter.

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