By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Chris Sale was the last pitcher for the Boston Red Sox on the mound when they won the World Series. The team exercised his $15 million club option for the 2019 season.
This was an easy decision for the team. He battled shoulder problems in the second half of the season, but then was amazing when he was healthy.
Sale pitched the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. He struck out three batters to close out the series.
The 29-year-old went 12-4 in his second season with the team in 27 starts. He had a 2.11 ERA with 158 innings and allowed 39 runs (37 earned runs), including 11 home runs. He also struck out 237 batters and walked just 34.
Sale also battled shoulder problems during the second half of the season.
With the one-year option, the team will likely attempt to sign him to an extension to keep him in Boston for the long-term before the end of the 2019 season.
He is a strong anchor of the starting rotation with David Price, as long as he does not opt out of his contract. Price can control his own fate as he controls if he can accept the option.
Price will have until Wednesday to either accept his option or forgoing the rest of his $127 million deal and to become a free agent again.
The Lakeland, Florida was acquired by the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox in December 2016.
He is 29-12 in 59 starts with one complete game in Boston. He has a .256 ERA in 372 1/3 innings, while allowing 112 runs (106 earned runs) with 545 strikeouts and 77 walks.
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