Red Sox ace and towering lefty, Chris Sale, is set to hit the free agent market following the 2019 season. Sale made it known at Red Sox Winter Weekend at Foxwoods in Connecticut that he is open to a contract extension, but the team hasn’t made their move yet.
Sale had this to say about the matter: “My phone is on if they call me. Obviously, nothing has happened up until this point. If they call, I’d answer.”
Sale has seen success so far through his two seasons with the Red Sox but battled injuries through the 2018 season. The ace was only able to take the mound for 29 innings in the second half of the team’s World Series campaign.
Though he did spend two separate stints on the DL in 2018, Sale says that he’s felt good this offseason. Per MassLive, Sale said, “Obviously I feel normal again. Being able to throw free and easy and loose… obviously is a nice feeling. So we’re just kind of building up like a normal offseason, getting ready for spring training.”
He will be 30-years-old when he hits the free agent market for the first time in his career and aside from injuries that have sprung up during his time in Boston, there is little reason as to why he won’t command one of the top contracts for starting pitchers today.