Sale, Sox Close In On New Deal

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Sale is entering the final year of his contract, but as first reported by the Boston Globe on Friday, it looks like he'll join the likes of the Angels' Mike Trout and Colorado's Nolan Arenado and choose to re-sign with Boston before he'd be due to hit free agency. Sale's Red Sox teammate, David Price, makes $31 million per season.

The Red Sox agreed to a contract extension with starter Chris Sale, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

ESPN baseball insider Jeff Passan reports the deal been talked about is for five years and in the $150 million dollar range. He finished in the top six of the Cy Young voting all seven of those seasons and four times finished in the top four of the voting, including last season. Plus World Series hero and former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who re-signed with Boston this winter. If the extension started right away and covered 2019-23, Sale's 2019 luxury tax number would've jumped to $29 million, and the Red Sox don't want that.

Sale is getting ready for his third season in Boston.

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The Red Sox loaded up for their run at the 2018 World Series, leaving them with a gluttony of star players who will need to be paid sooner or later. Sale also came out of the bullpen to strike out the side in the ninth inning of Game 5 to clinch the title for Boston.

Shoulder inflammation limited Sale to just seven starts and 29 innings pitched after the All-Star break in 2018.

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. He's 6-4 with a 1.61 ERA.

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