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Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner says Boston, Chris Sale have discussed contract extension

Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner says Boston, Chris Sale have discussed contract extension

Chris Sale's 2018 season was everything the Red Sox hoped for, and more. 

He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.11 ERA, and topped off the season with the championship-clinching strikeout in the World Series. 

The Red Sox ace is also an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season. 

Sale has expressed the desire to stay in Boston, and said that the only thing that really matters to him is winning, even with his contract expiring this year. 

An extension may be in the works sooner than initially expected to keep Sale in Boston. 

Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner said on WEEI's "Mut and Callahan" radio show that the team has discussed an extension with their star pitcher. 

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"Well, we have had private conversations [with Sale]. The best thing for us is to keep these conversations private... in a perfect world, we'd love to have him back. He's one of the great pitchers in the American League," said Werner. 

John Henry echoed Werner's sentiment when asked about Sale in Fort Myers. "We would love to be able to sign him. I think he would like to as well," said Henry. "But there are the realities of the marketplace in budgets and this is his opportunity to be a free agent, so, potentially. Which we’d like to avoid but — I think he would as well, so something could happen.”

Sale comes with his share of concerns, the most prominent of which is his durability; he's struggled with injuries at points over a long season, and may have to "dial it back" during the regular season to keep himself healthy for the playoffs in the future. 

But Sale is still a true No. 1 pitcher for Boston whose slider, according to the players, is the nastiest pitch in baseball. The Sox may have some trouble over the next few seasons keeping together the core that won them their fourth World Series title this century, but if they can come to a deal with Sale, there shouldn't be any hesitation. 

Whether or not a deal gets done before Opening Day in late March, it seems like Sale and the Sox front office are on good terms-- a great sign for the team's chances of keeping him in Boston past this year's title defense. 

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Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

Relive Manny Ramirez's greatest moments on Red Sox legend's 48th birthday

One of the most entertaining players ever to don a Boston Red Sox uniform was born 48 years ago today.

That would be Manny Ramirez, who celebrates his birthday on May 30. In honor of the special occasion, Major League Baseball tweeted an awesome video that includes some of Ramirez's greatest moments:

Watch below:

That cutoff of Johnny Damon's throw never gets old.

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Ramirez joined the Red Sox in 2001 after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Cleveland Indians. From there, he became a key contributor to two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) and furthered his legacy as one of the best right-handed hitters of all time.

He isn't done yet, either. Ramirez announced just a couple of months ago he is hoping to find a roster spot in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. More "Manny Being Manny"? That sounds great to us.

We wish a very happy birthday to one of the greatest (and most interesting) players in Red Sox history.

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Ever Wonder Series: Why did the distance of Fenway Park's Green Monster change?

Of all of Fenway Park's quirks, my favorite might be how the 315-foot sign on the Green Monster suddenly became 310.

It's possible I love this story because the sportswriter gets to be the hero.

In 1995, the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy decided to settle one of the most persistent rumors of his career. He remembers hearing it as a cub reporter during the 1975 World Series, when the Reds insisted to a man that Fenway's famed left field fence couldn't possibly be 315 down the line.

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They all believed it was closer, but no one could prove it, because the Red Sox resisted periodic efforts to measure and answer the question once and for all.

That didn't stop the Globe from accessing the park's original 1912 blueprints, which showed the wall at 308 feet. They enlisted a World War II reconnaissance pilot to examine aerial photos, and he pegged it at 304. The author George Sullivan crawled up the foul line with a yardstick and settled on 309-5.

None of those numbers ever became official, though, because 315 by that point had been well-established as part of the park's lore. Fenway opened in 1912, was extensively renovated in 1934, and added bullpens in 1940, giving us the dimensions we essentially recognize today. For more than 60 years, the 315 sign at the base of the foul pole beckoned right-handed sluggers, terrified pitchers, and lived in what felt like perfect accuracy.

But Shaughnessy had other ideas. He finally decided to take matters into his own hands in March of 1995. His friends on the grounds crew looked the other way as he hopped a fence in an empty Fenway and unfurled a 100-foot Stanley SteelMaster tape measure.

It only took a matter of minutes to prove his hunch correct: 315 wasn't 315 at all.

It was 310, or 309-3, to be precise. Shaughnessy wrote about his findings in late April, and within a month, the Red Sox had quietly changed the sign to 310, which it remains to this day.

"My whole life looking at that wall, it was 315," Shaughnessy said. "Shortly after the story appeared, they changed it to 310, which surprised me. It was very un-Red Sox like in those days, and these days.

"Now when I see 310, I take some pride in that."