After a breakout season in 2012, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale got a handsome reward. He agreed on Thursday to a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension that'll keep him in White Sox jersey until at least 2017.
The new deal voids Sale's current contract, which would have paid him $600,000 this season. MLB.com's Scott Merkin breaks down the rest of the cash:
Under terms of the contract, Sale, who turns 24 on March 30, will receive $850,000 in 2013, $3.5 million in '14, $6 million in '15, $9.15 million in '16 and $12 million in '17. The White Sox hold options for '18 at $12.5 million and for '19 at $13.5 million. If either option is declined, Sale will receive a $1 million buyout.
After a 2011 spent in the bullpen, Sale was money in the White Sox starting rotation in 2012. He went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and 192 strikeouts against 51 walks. The 6-foot-6 hurler is the young pup in a White Sox rotation that includes Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and John Danks. His aforementioned 24th birthday being two days before opening day.
About opening day: White Sox manager Robin Ventura hasn't announced his starter yet. Peavy and Sale have taken turns propping each other up for the job. Of Sale, Peavy has said: "Chris is the best pitcher on the team. Your best guy goes opening day."
He also gets paid before opening day.
Here's Kevin Kaduk talking about the Sale extension on Sports Talk Live on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago: