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Chris Sale

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Boston Red Sox Starting Pitcher Age: 32-9d Exp: 10.061 Years Bat/Throw: Left/Left
Drafted: Round 1 (#13 overall), 2010 College: Florida Gulf Coast Agent(s): B.B. Abbott (Jet Sports Management)

60 Day Injury List (Elbow)

Sale will be out of commission until the beginning of July while he recovers from 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 2021, 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 $30,000,000 $7,407,407 $7,407,407($22,407,407)
    2021 Contract details by year 32 $30,000,000 $25,600,000 $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
    • LCS MVP: $50,000
    • WS MVP: $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
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000
    Est. Earnings
    (12 seasons)
    $87,464,275 $1,656,000 $75,000 $89,195,275
    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
    5 seasons Player Cash Earnings $66,907,407 - - $66,922,407
    * 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.

  • 2021 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