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Sale, Red Sox agree to deal adding $145 million to contract

Sale, Red Sox agree to deal adding $145 million to contract

Reigning AL MVP Mookie Betts hits the open market in two years and will likely command a deal near Mike Trout's $430 million extension; Betts already revealed he turned down Boston's $200 million offer and doesn't expect to sign an extension with the team before his contract runs out. The contract will go into effect in the 2020 season, and it's pending Sale passing a physical.

Sale has spent the last two seasons with the Red Sox, posting a 29-12 record with a 2.56 ERA in 59 starts. Since 2012 he has made the All Star Team every season, averaged 240 strikeouts in 198 innings pitched per year, and in that span has not finished lower than 6th in Cy Young voting.

His new deal also includes a $20 million option for 2025 that could become guaranteed based on a top-10 finish in the 2024 Cy Young vote, and the price could escalate up to $25 million based on his Cy Young finish in 2023 and '24.

Over the last seven seasons, Sale is 103-62 with a 2.89 ERA and 1,789 strikeouts in 1,482 1/3 innings. Plus World Series hero and former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who re-signed with Boston this winter.

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Though Sale has been among the very best pitchers in baseball for each one of the past seven seasons, a contract extension is not without its risks.

The Red Sox agreed to a contract extension with starter Chris Sale, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. I think the players are into that.

Sale is getting ready for his third season in Boston. They are again well over the initial $206 million luxury tax threshold as well as the second $226 million threshold, and they are closing in on the final $246 million threshold. Boston will pay at a 30 percent rate on the amount above $206 million up to $226 million, at a 42 percent rate on the amount above $226 million up to $246 million and at a 75 percent rate above that.