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Chris Sale

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

Red Sox – The Athletic

  • 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 $20,000,000

    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 $25,666,666 $30,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000($35,000,000)
    2021 Contract details by year 32 $30,000,000 $30,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000($55,000,000)
    2022 Contract details by year 33 $30,000,000 $30,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000($75,000,000)
    2023 Contract details by year 34 $27,500,000 $27,500,000 $17,500,000 $17,500,000($92,500,000)
    2024 Contract details by year 35 $27,500,000 $27,500,000 $17,500,000 $17,500,000($110,000,000)
    2025 Contract details by year 36 $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $15,000,000 -($110,000,000)
    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

    2013-2019

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $32,500,000
    Signing Bonus -
    Average Salary $6,500,000
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Incentive Total Salary Yearly Cash
    2013 Contract details by year 24 $850,000 $15,000 $865,000 $865,000($865,000)
    2014 Contract details by year 25 $3,500,000 $15,000 $3,515,000 $3,515,000($4,380,000)
    2015 Contract details by year 26 $6,000,000 $15,000 $6,015,000 $6,015,000($10,395,000)
    2016 Contract details by year 27 $9,150,000 $15,000 $9,165,000 $9,165,000($19,560,000)
    2017 Contract details by year 28 $12,000,000 - $12,000,000 $12,000,000($31,560,000)
    2018 Contract details by year 29 $12,500,000 $15,000 $12,515,000 $12,515,000($44,075,000)
    2019 Contract details by year 30 $15,000,000 - $15,000,000 $15,000,000($59,075,000)
    • 2018-19 Club Options include $1 million buyout
    • 2019 option increases $2.5M with a Cy Young in 2013-18 or $1.5M with a 2nd,3rd place finish in Cy Young vote in 2013-18
    • All Star: $15,000
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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team 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
    Est. Earnings
    (10 seasons)
    $60,056,868 $1,656,000 $75,000 $61,787,868
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000
    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
    $205,056,868 $1,656,000 $75,000 $206,787,868
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    7 seasons Player Cash Earnings $20,556,868 $1,656,000 - $22,272,868
    3 seasons Player Cash Earnings $39,500,000 - - $39,515,000
    * 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)
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  • 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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