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MLB Rumors: Chris Sale, Red Sox agree to five-year, $145 million extension

MLB Rumors: Chris Sale, Red Sox agree to five-year, $145 million extension

The Boston Red Sox have one fewer pending free agent to worry about.

Chris Sale has agreed to terms with the Red Sox on a five-year contract. According to Ken Rosenthal, it's a five-year, $145 million deal that includes an opt-out after three seasons. The deal reportedly became official late Friday night when Sale passed his physical.

Sale was scheduled to make his final spring training start of the season Friday night, but he was a healthy scratch — not surprising, considering the long-term investment at stake for a player who turns 30 in just eight days.

With the extra years added onto the final year of his current contract, Sale will be locked up through the 2024 season.

Sale said earlier this spring he was open to signing an extension with Boston. He's coming off a strong season in which he posted a 2.11 ERA and 12-4 record in 27 starts, though he also dealt with shoulder inflammation late in the season that led to two trips to the disabled list and limited him to just 17.0 innings over the final two months of the regular season.

By coming to terms on a new deal, the Sox avoid repeating their mistakes when they botched the Jon Lester extension talks five years ago. Earlier this spring, team owner John Henry admitted the team blew it by only offering Lester a $70 million contract, which ended up being less than half of what he eventually got from the Cubs as a free agent.

“I think Chris [Sale] falls out of the norm because he’s just such a great — not just a great pitcher but a great part of the team as we saw in the World Series he had quite an impact just being on the bench during the World Series,” Henry said. “So he’s a special player. We would love to be able to sign him."

Pitcher Rick Porcello, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and designated hitter J.D. Martinez all can hit free agency next offseason, but locking up Sale gives the Red Sox much-needed peace of mind knowing their best pitcher is sticking around.

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Breakfast podcast, April 18, 2019: Celtics, Bruins continue in playoff pursuit, David Price comments on Red Sox possible future trades

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Breakfast podcast, April 18, 2019: Celtics, Bruins continue in playoff pursuit, David Price comments on Red Sox possible future trades

01:09:26: Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg discuss the fourth quarter push to upset the Pacers in game two; Kyrie’s post-game comments on being a part of Boston Celtics lineage. 

06:00:10: Haggerty, Perry, and Draper debate who has a better shot at winning the finals: the Celtics, or the Bruins?

00:11:29:24: David Price talks trade consequences if the Sox don't start winning. Draper, Lou Merloni and Trenni Kusnierek discuss his statement, and new role in the clubhouse.

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Red Sox place Dustin Pedroia on injured list

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Red Sox place Dustin Pedroia on injured list

It's back to the injured list for Dustin Pedroia.

The Red Sox placed the veteran second baseman on the IL on Thursday with left knee irritation. Pedroia left Wednesday night's game vs. the Yankees after his first at-bat due to discomfort in the knee.

Pedroia began the season on the injured list and returned April 9. Since then, the 35-year-old has gone 2-for-20 with a walk.

On the bright side, Pedroia's injury reportedly isn't a serious one and he will rejoin the team in Tampa Bay.

The Red Sox will recall right-hander Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket to replace Pedroia on the roster. 

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