The Chicago White Sox announced last night that the team has reached a new contract with left hand starting pitcher Chris Sale. The terms of the deal are a reported five-year deal worth $32.5 million dollars with the team holding an option on Sale for two years which could bring the deal to $60 million. Chicago holds options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons worth $12.5 million and $13.5 million respectively. If Sale declines the options, the team has a one million dollar buyout.
The lanky left hander posted a 17-8 record in 2012 with a very respectable 3.05 ERA in his first full year as a starter. Sale will now earn $850,000 for the 2013 season, and increase over the $600,000 he was originally scheduled to earn.
Sale told the media that he was simply trying to focus on pitching and not allowing the distractions to affect him. “I just try not to concentrate on any of the external things going on. It is just like leaving your wife and family home sick and you try not to bring that to the field with you. So I will just go about my business, and everything will kind of work itself out,” Sale told reporters.