Chris Sale Close to Extension With Red Sox

Chris Sale is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent after the 2019 season. However, the Boston Red Sox are determined to ensure that Sale stays with the team long-term.

The Red Sox are close to an extension with the left-handed ace, according to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe. The deal isn’t complete, but the expectation is that both sides are interested in seeing it through to its completion. ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan reported that Sale’s deal will be for around $150 million over five years, pending a physical.

Boston acquired Sale in 2016 in an offseason trade that sent top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech to the Chicago White Sox. Since then, Sale has been nothing but magic for them. In two seasons as a member of the Red Sox, Sale has achieved a 29-12 record with a 2.56 ERA and 545 strikouets over that span. He also earned starting pitcher honors in the All-Star games of both seasons.

While there were concerns about his health following a 2018 campaign in which the ace landed on the disabled list twice with shoulder tendinitis, it’s obvious that Sale’s presence in Boston gives the Red Sox the best chance of winning more championships in the future. With both sides “mutually invested” in getting the deal done, it shouldn’t be long before Sale joins Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and Paul Goldschmidt as some of the biggest names in baseball to sign blockbuster contracts this offseason.

Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues. 

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