Just about five weeks ago, Chris Sale said he'd love to play for the Red Sox beyond 2019 once he was due to hit free agency.
As it turns out, Sale no longer needs to worry about his long-term future.
Sale, who turns 30 one week from today, passed a physical this morning to finalize a five-year contract extension with Boston worth $145 million which will begin after this season.
With this important signing, the Red Sox's rotation is set for the next few years. David Price and Nathan Eovaldi will be free agents after the 2022 season, while Eduardo Rodriguez remains arbitration eligible until 2021. Rick Porcello's contract is due to expire after this season, and you've got to think Ricky Raindrops will be interested in staying put with these guys.
What a day for the Red Sox. Their rotation, which I believe to be the best in baseball, all starts with Sale. He's the ace, he's the Opening Day starter, and he's here for six more years.