Red Sox sign Sale to 5-year, $145M extension

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Left-hander Chris Sale has signed a five-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, team president Dave Dombrowski announced Saturday.

The five-year deal is worth $145 million, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, and includes an opt-out after three years, a vesting sixth-year option based on stats worth at least $20 million and a no-trade clause beginning in the middle of the 2020 season.

Of the top 30 players in baseball, five have signed extensions this week alone. But a few factors help make Chris Sale’s deal unique.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale wants to make 30-plus starts and pitch 200-plus innings, like he’d done in four of his previous five seasons.

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The deal adds to Sale’s current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season, with Sale making $30 million annually in the first three seasons and $27.5 million annually in the final two, league sources told Passan.

Sale, who will turn 30 on March 30, was in the final season of the five-year contract he signed with the Chicago White Sox before the 2013 season, with team options for 2018 and 2019. The contract guaranteed

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