Sale will make $30 million per season through the first three seasons, and then that number drops to $27.5 million in the final two. The former Chicago White Sox hurler turns 30 on March 30th, but is still finishing out his five-year contract that he signed with Chicago before the 2013 season. There were team options for 2018 and 2019, as well as $32.5 million in guaranteed money.
Sale was a runner-up for the American League Cy Young Award in 2017, is a seven-time All-Star, and now has a World Series title on his resume. The lefty struck out the side in the ninth inning of Game 5 in last season's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, clinching the Red Sox's fourth title in the past 15 seasons. He also started the All-Star Game for a third straight season in 2018, and finished with a 12-4 record, 2.11 ERA, and 237 strikeouts over 158 innings. He was fourth in the Cy Young voting last season due to him dealing with shoulder inflammation, which landed him on the disabled list twice. If he can stay healthy, Sale should have the Red Sox near the top of the A.L. East Division for the entirety of his contract.