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Chris Sale agrees to extension with Braves

Chris Sale and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a contract extension

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Chris Sale, who was acquired by the Atlanta Braves from the Boston Red Sox just a few days ago, has signed a contract extension, it was announced today. The deal is for two years, $38 million, with a club option for 2026 at $18 million.

Sale was originally under contract for 2024 at $27.5 million, which included $10 million that was to be deferred, and a $20 million club option for 2025, which also would have included $5 million deferred. Jeff Passan says that the present value of his 2024 salary was $20-21 million, so Sale got an additional $17-18 million guaranteed.

Sale, who turns 35 in March, is coming off of a 2023 season that was his first somewhat healthy season since 2019. Sale put up a 4.30 ERA in 20 starts over 102 innings last year, after logging just 48 innings from 2020-22.

Sale gets an additional guaranteed amount for 2025 and presumably doesn’t have to deal with the deferrals anymore. Atlanta, meanwhile, sees their CBT figure for Sale go down, and gets the possibility of bringing Sale back in 2026 with the option.