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Over the Monster: Scattered Thoughts on the Chris Sale extension
In case you missed the big news on Friday, the Red Sox locked up their ace for another five years beyond 2019, agreeing to a five-year, $145 million contract extension with Chris Sale. It's been a little under 24 hours since news first broke that this deal was at least close to getting done, and so we've had some time to sit with the excitement. Here are some scattered thoughts on the deal and some of the implications.First of all, I think this situation calls for a quick hell yeah. Whatever concerns there may be as well as ripple effects and other tangible effects, this is most importantly cool as hell.
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Over the Monster: Daily Red Sox Links: Chris Sale, Dustin Pedroia, Chase Shugart
Sean McAdam has three takeaways from the Chris Sale extension. (Sean McAdam; Boston Sports Journal) ($$)
Now that they have their ace locked up for the next five years, what comes next? (Darren Hartwell; NBC Sports Boston)
In other news, Dustin Pedroia is now eyeing the home opener as his return date. (Rob Bradford; WEEI)
The Red Sox offense is starting to turn it on. (Jason Mastrodonato; Boston Herald)
This is a very important story about the Red Sox and the clubhouse's love of their dogs.
Over the Monster: Chris Sale and Red Sox close to extension
It's been extension season all around baseball the last week or two, but the Red Sox have been sitting out. It seems that's about to change. According to Alex Speier, the Red Sox are close to a deal with Chris Sale to keep their ace in Boston.
Breaking: LHP Chris Sale and the Red Sox are close to an agreement on a contract extension https://t.co/YjJhMXbmQe-- Alex Speier (@alexspeier) March 22, 2019
Jeff Passan says the deal will be worth around $150 million over five years.
Over the Monster: Red Sox at Twins Lineups: The last Sale Day of spring
It's a particularly happy Sale Day on this Friday, what with the ace sticking around for five more years and all that.
Although the bullpen is the most intriguing (and not necessarily in a good way) part of the Red Sox roster right now, the rotation is still pretty dang important. The newly-extended Chris Sale, of course, heads that rotation and he'll be on the mound today. The team's ace was absolutely lights out in his last outing, striking out seven over four scoreless innings. Let's hope for more of that today, which is his last start before Opening Day.
Fansided: Red Sox bullpen has three spots up for grabs for Opening Day roster
We have less than a week to go before Opening Day and the Boston Red Sox still haven't sorted out their bullpen.
Manager Alex Cora told reporters at JetBlue Park on Thursday that there are three spots up for grabs in the bullpen as the team finalizes its roster for the season opener in Seattle on March 28.
With the Red Sox expected to carry eight relievers, we can surmise that Cora has five names in mind who he considers locks to make the roster. While the manager hasn't revealed which five, we have a pretty good idea of who those handful of relievers are.
Over the Monster: Red Sox 10, Twins 6: Andrew Benintendi sets the tone early
The Red Sox were supposed to play Friday's game with Chris Sale on the mound, but after he agreed to his five-year extension he was announced as a healthy scratch. Presumably it was so he could undergo his physical, though as far as I know that was never confirmed. Either way, he didn't pitch and Dan Runzler took his place. The first two innings weren't too exciting as far as who was pitching, but the offense continued the roll they got on Thursday. Things are starting to click here, and a couple of the relievers had some strong days too.
ESPN.com: Mariners prospect Filia suspended 100 games
NEW YORK -- Seattle outfielder Eric Filia, the Mariners' No. 22 prospect according to MLB.com, has been suspended for 100 games following a third positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.
Filia went 1-for-8 in six spring training games this year before being reassigned to minor league camp on March 7.
Filia served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after his second positive test for a drug of abuse. The 26-year-old returned to hit .274 with two homers and 38 RBIs in 79 games for Double-A Arkansas.
ESPN.com: Risk, legacy and the future of the Red Sox: Five questions about Chris Sale's extension
The free-agent season might have been sluggish once again, but the extension season is smoking hot. With ESPN's Jeff Passan reporting that the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a five-year extension with ace lefty Chris Sale -- worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $145 million -- yet another established star has decided to forgo the possibility of future free-agent riches.
According the extension tracker at MLB Trade Rumors, 20 players have now agreed to extensions since the end of last season. Let's break them into groups:
The "so good we've seen enough" group: Eloy Jimenez, White Sox; Brandon Lowe, Rays.
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The Joy of Sox: Chris Sale Close To Signing Contract Extension
The Red Sox and Chris Sale are close to an agreement on a contract extension, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. Sale, who turns 30 years old on March 30, could be a free agent after this season.
ESPN's Jeff Passan tweeted that "league sources" tell him the deal "is likely to be in the five-year, $150 million range".
Sale makes his second and final spring training appearance tonight; he threw four shutout innings with seven strikeouts last Saturday.
In two years with the Red Sox, Sale has a 2.