Chris Sale And White Sox Both Win With New Contract
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By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731
Chris Sale seems relieved after inking his 5YR/$32 Million Contract with the White Sox. Why shouldn’t he be? Rather than going year to year through arbitration, Sale and the Sox decided to come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
The deal could be as lucrative as $60 Million by the time all is said and done. After the 5th year, the Sox hold Team Options for 2018 and 2019.
What’s the downside? I suppose Sale could blow out his elbow due to his “bad mechanics”. Chances are, he only continues to get better. Don Cooper, Sox pitching coach, says Sale won’t be “babied”. The Sox are hoping to get 200 plus Innings out of Sale in 2013.
Last year was Sale’s first full season as a starter, and it ended up being a successful one. Sale went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA – and finished 6th in the AL Cy Young race. Sale is said to have added 7-8 pounds over the winter, and plans on having a strong 2013 from start to finish. He’s looked great in Spring Training so far (2 – 0 with a 4.38 ERA + a WHIP of 1.216).
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What if Sale were to get hurt? The Sox would only owe him the guaranteed $32 Million. Compare that, to say, what Zack Greinke received in the off-season from the Dodgers? He would be owed A LOT more. Tampa Bay (some say wisely, some say not) gave a similar type of contract to Evan Longoria.
Unfortunately, Longoria had an injury-plagued 2012. Early last season, Sale experienced a twinge in his elbow. The Sox panicked, and made him the closer. The move didn’t last long, as Sale had a sit down with management, and convinced them to put him back in the rotation. Sale’s 2012 All-Star season took off from there, hopefully a sign of things to come.
Chances are, this will be one of the best contracts the Sox have ever written. Even if Sale achieves all of his performance bonuses, he’ll still only be owed $60 Million, an absolute bargain for the Sox. Sale will head a Left – Handed heavy rotation this year for the Sox, followed by John Danks and Jose Quintana. Add Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd to the rotation, and the Sox could have one of the best in baseball.
Sale could be one of the best starting pitchers the White Sox have had in the last 20 years. “Black Jack” McDowell is probably the most dominating Sox pitcher that I can remember. Sale is certainly capable of being even more so. Some compare Sale to Randy Johnson. We’ll see. But, hitters like Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer certainly don’t like facing Sale. Although, he’s no treat for Right – Handers to face either.
Sale’s success in 2013 could go a long way towards a successful campaign for the White Sox. Though the Tigers are heavy favorites to once again win the AL Central, the Sox should be able to contend for a Wild Card playing in the weakest division of the American League.
With the Kansas City Royals also beefing up their rotation with pitching this winter, it was even more vital to lock up their pitching long – term.
The Sox may very well have 2 Cy Young contenders every year if Peavy can continue to return to his San Diego form alongside Sale.
One thing new GM Rick Hahn has in his corner is $ from owner Jerry Reinsdorf – if moves are to be made at the Trade Deadline. Who knows, maybe an acquisition or two at the deadline (or next year’s deadline) could be attributed to the new Chris Sale contract? Like I said earlier, a great deal for both sides.
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago. He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with my wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 3. He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. Follow @brianm731
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