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Chris Sale Makes Decision on Player Option for 2023

Adam Taylor McKillop
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale made his official decision on the player option for his current contract.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale made his official decision on the player option for his current contract. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Boston Red Sox have a number of big decisions to make this offseason. This includes a long list of potential free agents and possible trade pieces such as Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, Nathan Eovaldi and a few more.

On Tuesday, the Red Sox got their answer on one of those possible departures. Starting pitcher Chris Sale made an official decision on the two-year player option in his current contract.

As Red Sox insider Alex Speier stated, this should come as no surprise. Sale will officially opt into the remaining two years on a 5-year, $145 million contract. The contract gave Sale a player option for the final two seasons.

On the heels of the worst three-year stretch in his decorated MLB career, Sale has no other options. The seven-time All-Star pitched only 48.1 innings since signing this contract in 2019. Facing Tommy John surgery was just the first in a series of unfortunate injury luck for the flame throwing lefty.

Sale pitched just 5.2 innings in 2022 between a preseason rib injury and a freak pinky fracture back in July. The Red Sox will have to hope Sale can finish out the remainder of this contract in relatively good health, or this will undoubtedly go down as one of the worst contracts in franchise history.

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