Chris Sale reportedly agrees to 5-year extension with Red Sox

Rob Bradford
March 22, 2019 - 3:33 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Chris Sale said this past offseason he would certainly welcome a phone call from the Red Sox regarding a contract extension.

Well, the phone rang, he answered and a deal reportedly has gotten done.

According to multiple reports Sale and the Red Sox have agreed to a five-year extension that would come in (according to Mark Feinsand of slightly below $150 million. The Atheltic reports that the years covered in the deal would be 2020-24.

The 29-year-old Sale was entering the final year of his current contract, which will pay the lefty $13.5 million in 2019.

The terms of Sale's extension will leave him still as the second-highest paid member of the Red Sox' starter staff, with David Price in the fourth season of his seven-year, $217 million contract.

The agreement leaves the Red Sox with four players still in line to become free agent-eligible after this season -- Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, Brock Holt and J.D. Martinez -- who has the opportunity to opt-out of his deal after the 2019 season.

Earlier in camp, Sale explained to why he feels his approach is built for the long-term.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was first to report Friday that the two sides were close on an agreement.


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