Risk, legacy and the future of the Red Sox: Five questions about Chris Sale's extension

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. 

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The free-agent season might have been sluggish once again, but the extension season is smoking hot. With ESPN’s Jeff Passan reporting that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a five-year extension with ace lefty Chris Sale — worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $145 million — yet another established star has decided to forgo the possibility of future free-agent riches.

According the extension tracker at MLB Trade Rumors, 20 players have now agreed to extensions since the end of last season. Let’s break them into groups:

The wave of recent extensions has put millions of dollars in players’ pockets. But the teams wouldn’t be doling out these deals unless they are great business decisions.

Left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a contract extension, pending a physical next week, league sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

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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