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Chris Sale

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Boston Red Sox Starting Pitcher Age: 31 Exp: 9.061 Years Bat/Throw: Left/Left
Drafted: Round 1 (#13 overall), 2010 College: Florida Gulf Coast Agent(s): B.B. Abbott (Jet Sports Management)

45 Day Injury List (Elbow)

Sale is on the 45-day injured list and has been shut down for the duration of the 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

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  • Current Contract

    Chris Sale signed a 5 year / $145,000,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox, including $145,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $29,000,000. In 2020, Sale will earn a base salary of $30,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $30,000,000. Sale's adjusted salary with the Boston Red Sox is $7,407,407

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $145,000,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $29,000,000
    Free Agent: 2025 / UFA
    Year   Age Status Base Salary Luxury Tax Salary Payroll Salary Adjusted Salary Yearly Cash
    2019 Contract details by year 30 $15,000,000 $15,000,000 $15,000,000 $15,000,000($15,000,000)
    2020 Contract details by year 31 $30,000,000 $25,600,000 $30,000,000 $7,407,407 $7,407,407($22,407,407)
    2021 Contract details by year 32 $30,000,000 $30,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000($42,407,407)
    2022 Contract details by year 33 $30,000,000 $30,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000($62,407,407)
    2023 Contract details by year 34 $27,500,000 $27,500,000 $17,500,000 $17,500,000($79,907,407)
    2024 Contract details by year 35 $27,500,000 $27,500,000 $17,500,000 $17,500,000($97,407,407)
    2025 Contract details by year 36 $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $15,000,000 -($97,407,407)
    2025 Free Agent Year 37 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • Player Opt-out available after 2022
    • Full No Trade Clause, 2020-2024
    • $50M deferred at $10M per year from 2035-2039
    • Annual Games Started Incentives
    • Annual Cy Young Escalators
      $2M for 1st place
      $1.5M for 2nd or 3rd
      $1M for 4th or 5th
      $500,000 for 6th-10th
    • 2025 Vesting Option ($5M deferred to 2040)
      vests with a Top 10 finish in 2024 Cy Young + healthy
    • 2025 Option Escalator (2023, 2024 Cy Young)
      $2.5M for 1st
      $1.5M for 2nd or 3rd
      $1M for 4th or 5th
      $500,000 for 6th-10th
    • Cy Young: $100,000 ($75,000 for 2nd, $50,000 for 3rd)
    • MVP: $100,000 ($75,000 for 2nd, $50,000 for 3rd)
    • All Star: $50,000
    • LCSMVP: $50,000
    • WSMVP: $100,000
    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Upcoming Deferred Contract

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $50,000,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $10,000,000
      Year Age Base Salary Total Salary
    2035 Contract details by year 46 $10,000,000 $10,000,000
    2036 Contract details by year 47 $10,000,000 $10,000,000
    2037 Contract details by year 48 $10,000,000 $10,000,000
    2038 Contract details by year 49 $10,000,000 $10,000,000
    2039 Contract details by year 50 $10,000,000 $10,000,000
    Contract Notes:

     

    Sources: MLB contract specifics generally collected from Baseball Prospectus & Rotoworld.

    Previous Contracts

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    2013-2019

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $32,500,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $6,500,000
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA

    2012-2012

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $500,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $500,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2011-2011

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $425,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $425,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2010-2010

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $400,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $400,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA

    2010-2010Signing Bonus

    Contract: 1 yr(s) / $1,656,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $1,656,000
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2010 Player Cash Earnings $131,868 - - $131,868
    2010 Player Cash Earnings - $1,656,000 - $1,656,000
    2011 Player Cash Earnings $425,000 - - $425,000
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $500,000 - - $500,000
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $850,000 - $15,000 $865,000
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $3,500,000 - $15,000 $3,515,000
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $6,000,000 - $15,000 $6,015,000
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $9,150,000 - $15,000 $9,165,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $12,000,000 - - $12,000,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $12,500,000 - $15,000 $12,515,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $15,000,000 - - $15,000,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $7,407,407 - - $7,407,407
    Est. Earnings
    (11 seasons)
    $67,464,275 $1,656,000 $75,000 $69,195,275
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $17,500,000 - - $17,500,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $17,500,000 - - $17,500,000
    2035* Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
    2036* Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
    2037* Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
    2038* Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
    2039* Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000
    $192,464,275 $1,656,000 $75,000 $194,195,275
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    7 seasons Player Cash Earnings $20,556,868 $1,656,000 - $22,272,868
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $46,907,407 - - $46,922,407
    * denotes deferred payment
  • Fines

    Date Team Category Games Susp. Forfeited Reason
    07/24/2016 Player contract details by year Personal Conduct 5 games - Conduct detrimental to the team
    04/25/2015 Player contract details by year Fighting 5 games - Role in a brawl against Kansas City (KC)
    10 -
  • Transactions

    Mar 22 2019Signed a 5 year $145 million contract extension with Boston (BOS)
    Oct 30 2018Boston (BOS) exercised a $15M club option for 2019
    Nov 2 2017Boston (BOS) exercised a $12.5M club option for 2018
    Dec 6 2016Traded to Boston (BOS) from Chicago (CHW) for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz
    Jul 24 2016Suspended 5 days for violating team policy (cutting up jerseys) with Chicago (CHW)
    Apr 25 2015Suspended 5 games for his role in a brawl against Kansas City (KC), forfeiting $163,934 in 2015 salary with Chicago (CWS)
    Mar 7 2013Signed a 5 year $32.5 million extension with Chicago (CWS)
    Mar 4 2012Signed a 1 year $500k contract with Chicago (CWS)
    Feb 27 2011Signed a 1 year $425k contact with Chicago (CWS)
    Aug 4 2010Signed a 1 year $400k contract with Chicago (CWS)
    Jun 22 2010Signed a contract with Chicago (CHW)
    Jun 7 2010Drafted by Chicago (CWS): Round 1 (#13 overall)

  • Injuries

    A look at the injuries for Chris Sale, and the financial implications.

  • 2020 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Chris Sale ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GP GS IP H R ER BB K HR W L S ERA WHIP WAR
    2019 BOS 25 25 147.1 123 80 72 37 218 24 6 11 0 4.40 1.086 2.32
    2018 BOS 27 27 158.0 102 39 37 34 237 11 12 4 0 2.11 0.861 6.88
    2017 BOS 32 32 214.1 165 73 69 43 308 24 17 8 0 2.90 0.97 6.01
    2016 CHW 32 32 226.2 191 88 85 45 233 27 17 10 0 3.38 1.041 5.01
    2015 CHW 31 31 208.2 186 88 79 42 274 23 13 11 0 3.41 1.093 3.4
    2014 CHW 26 26 174.0 129 48 42 39 208 13 12 4 0 2.17 0.966 6.12
    2013 CHW 30 30 214.1 184 81 73 46 226 23 11 14 0 3.07 1.073 6.53
    2012 CHW 30 29 192.0 167 66 65 51 192 19 17 8 0 3.05 1.135 5.67
    2011 CHW 58 0 71.0 52 22 22 27 79 6 2 2 8 2.79 1.113 2.36
    2010 CHW 21 0 23.1 15 5 5 10 32 2 2 1 4 1.93 1.071 1.18
    Totals 312 232 1629.2 1,314 590 549 374 2,007 172 109 73 12 3.03 1.036 45.48
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