It’s been extension season all around baseball the last week or two, but the Red Sox have been sitting out. It seems that’s about to change. According to Alex Speier, the Red Sox are close to a deal with Chris Sale to keep their ace in Boston.
Breaking: LHP Chris Sale and the Red Sox are close to an agreement on a contract extension https://t.co/YjJhMXbmQe— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) March 22, 2019
Jeff Passan says the deal will be worth around $150 million over five years.
Chris Sale’s deal, if completed, is likely to be in the five-year, $150 million range, league sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 22, 2019
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Update: The deal is done.
As long as everything goes well with the physical, Sale’s new five-year deal will be finalized. The final terms are for a total of $145 million.
Chris Sale extension with #RedSox will be five years, $145 million, sources tell The Athletic. Sale will earn $15M this season in final year of current deal. Extension is pending physical. Will run from 2020 to ‘24.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 22, 2019
Update 2: The physical has been passed and the deal is official. Ken Rosenthal has the contract breakdown, which includes an opt-out after the third year of the deal.
Chris Sale has passed his physical. Deal is official, source tells The Athletic - five years, $145M in new money, with deferrals.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 23, 2019
2020 - $30M
2021 - $30M
2022 - $30M
2023 - $27.5M
2024 - $27.5M
Opt-out after three years.