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In the midst of extension season, the Boston Red Sox are seemingly the next team to lock up one of their stars to a massive, long-term deal. According to Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Boston is close to locking up Chris Sale.
Sale is in the last year of his contract and has been vocal about wanting to stay in Boston. This extension comes on the heel of Mookie Betts’ disconcerting comments about waiting until free agency to decide if he wants to stay a Red Sox in the future.
Chris Sale has undoubtedly lived up to be the ace Boston traded for before the 2017 season. He has been a perennial Cy Young award candidate and has been instrumental to the team’s success.
With that said, he was plagued with ineffectiveness down the stretch in ’17 and last season dealt with lingering injury issues. The southpaw also turns 30 in a week and a half.
We will keep you updated as information filters in.
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