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Red Sox pick up Chris Sale's 2019 option for $15 million

John Tomase
October 30, 2018 - 2:19 pm

The Red Sox picked up Chris Sale's $15 million option for 2019, checking the first and most obvious item off their off-season to-do list.

Sale just completed one of the most team-friendly contracts in baseball, a six-year, $45 million extension with the White Sox that ran through 2018 with an option year. The Red Sox picked up that option, which jumped from $13.5 million to $15 million because he finished second in last year's Cy Young race. A Cy Young Award in 2018 could've increased the option to $16 million, but Sale missing most of the final two months effectively eliminates him from contention.

Sale pitched the final inning of the World Series and struck out the side despite battling shoulder issues right into the postseason.

The real decision for the Red Sox will come at this time next year, when they'll have to decide how far they're willing to extend on a contract extension for the skinny left-hander, who will be entering his age 31 season in 2020.