Should The Red Sox Extend Chris Sale For 3 Or More Years Right Now?
Chris Sale will enter the year at age 28, and while his current deal will take him to age 31 before he hits Free Agency prior to the 2020 season, maybe the Red Sox could capitalize on him maybe seeking some security.
I am suggesting the starting point of a AAV of $30 MIL. Maybe the club adds a Mutual Option for the 4th and 5th year of the extension with a Buyout, but this is a smart concept from the Red Sox perspective.
Never in their long standing organization have they had such rich young superstars just entering the league at the same time.
Mookie Betts/Jackie Bradley Jr – and Xander Bogaerts are both under Team Control until 2021 and 202o respectively- with Betts/Bogaerts as perennial MVP contenders.
Even better than that are Andrew Benintendi (2023) and Blake Swihart (2022) rounding out a nice nucleus of talent held for cheap on the longterm.
Dustin Pedroia and David Price are the only players on the teams salaried contracts for the books in 2020, the same winter that Sale would enter the open market as a 31 Year Old.
I have always compared Chris Sale to Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. I am not as worried about his violent pitching motion as others are.
I for one, thinks it would behoove Dave Dombrowski to lob the extension idea.
If anything, it also prolongs how awesome this trade may end up being if you can rake in a championship or 2.
As these young superstars mature, and you want to extend them, finding ace pitchers on the open market also might prove costly.
Think of the Free Agents that were available during this winter. Ahem..Rich Hill was the best.
More often than not clubs are extending young ace Starters to extensions early enough to have them not hit Free Agency. That is exactly what the White Sox did with Sale before he became a top pitcher.
Some people caution on signing Starters for more than 5 years, yet we just saw the Nationals extend Stephen Strasburg to a 7 YR Deal worth $175 MIL..
Johnny Cueto signed a 6 year deal for $130 MIL last winter, and Greinke signed his name in the dotted line for a 6 year pact worth $26.5 MIL before his age 32 season, however he may have ended long deals for guys past 30.
Boston may just opt to not extend Sale at any point in the next 3 years, and take their chances in developing another ace pitcher for when he leaves, and David Price starts on the back 9.
But why not try now when the cost may only accrue about $100 MIL right now.
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Posted on January 24, 2017, in MLB Payroll and Contracts and tagged andrew benintendi, blake swihart, boston red sox, Boston Red Sox Payroll in 2017, chris sale, clayton kershaw, dave dombrowski, david ortiz, david price, dustin pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr., johnny cueto, randy johnson, rich hill, rick porcello, stephen strasburg, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
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