The 23-year-old agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million extension that includes club options for 2018 and 2019. This season, Sale will earn $850,000, and his salary will jump in 2014 to $3.5 million. He will earn $6 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2017.
The White Sox have club options for $12.5 million in 2018 and $13.5 million in 2019. If either option is declined, Sale will receive a buyout of $1 million, according to a report from CBS Chicago.
Last season was Sale’s first as a starter, and he posted an impressive record of 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and earned his first All Star appearance.
The Sox have a promising young talent locked up for the next five years. Fans can only hope he gets better as his career progresses. In his three years with the Sox, he has already amassed a 21-11 record with a 2.89 ERA.
The Sox will have to watch out for Sale’s arm, however. His inverted W throwing style is effective, but there is a potential for injury. Players who throw like Sale does have had a history of injury that results in Tommy John surgery. If his timing is correct, it won’t be a problem.
Sale is still an excellent pitcher, and Sox fans are lucky that we have him for the next five years. He’ll bolster the rotation for sure.