Sale Stays on South Side

chris saleChris Sale will be on the South Side for the next five years, as the left-hander agreed to an extension with the White Sox on Thursday.

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.

2 thoughts on “Sale Stays on South Side

  1. SausageKingofChicago says:

    This is an absolute steal if Chris Sale stays healthy. An All-Star pitcher and Cy Young candidate getting only 32.5 million for the next 5 years? An absolutely brilliant signing by Rick Hahn. Yes, there is the chance for injury, but that’s the case with every pitcher, regardless of their throwing motion. Looking at what a lot of free agent pitchers got in the off season (and Sale has a much brighter future than the majority of them at this point) it was a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Sox.

    1. Jen says:

      Absolutely agreed. If he stays healthy, the Sox for sure got a steal. He’ll be 24 at the end if the month, so he’s still young too. Definitely a great move by Hahn. I’m always worried about guys who throw like him, but they caught a problem before it became a problem last season. So he should be fine.

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