Found March 09, 2013 on On The Way Home:
The White Sox announced this week they have come to an agreement to extend southpaw starter Chris Sale with a five-year deal that guarantees the hurler $32.5 million. Chicago also worked in team options for 2018 ($12.5 million) and 2019 ($13.5 million), with $1 million buyouts. Coming off a season in which he pitched to a 17-8 record, 3.05 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP, this is quite the franchise-friendly deal for the ChiSox when you consider the performance they’ve gotten from the 23-year-old. Sale had been productive throughout the duration of his short professional career, but 2012 was his first taste of being a starter, and he certainly took advantage of it. He seemingly came out of nowhere to anchor what ended up being a decent starting staff for first-year manager, Robin Ventura. In 192 innings pitched last season (29 starts), Sale continued to strike hitters out at a high rate (24.9%), but also saw his BB-rate decrease from his prior two seasons in Chicago (10.9% in ’10, 9.4% in ’11, 6...
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