White Sox, Sale agree on 5-year contract

The White Sox locked up Left-Hander Chris Sale today, the two sides agreed to a five year contract with two club options.

Per the White Sox the contract breakdowns this way:  Under terms of the contract, Sale, who turns 24 on March 30, will receive $850,000 in 2013, $3.5 million in 2014, $6.0 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2017.  The White Sox hold options for 2018 at $12.5 million and for 2019 at $13.5 million.  If either option is declined, Sale will receive a $1.0-million buyout.

Sale went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA (65 ER/192.0 IP) and 192 strikeouts in 2012, his first professional season as a starting pitcher, was selected to his first American League All-Star Team and finished sixth in Cy Young Award voting.

His 192 strikeouts were the most by a White Sox left-hander since Floyd Bannister fanned 198 in 1985, and his 17 victories were the most by a Sox lefty since Mark Buehrle won 19 in 2002.

“We are thrilled to be able to reward Chris for his accomplishments thus far in his career and to keep one of the best young starters in the league in a White Sox uniform for potentially the next seven years,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager.

The 6-foot-6, 180-pounder ranked among the AL leaders last season in numerous categories, including ERA (4th), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (4th, 9.0), wins (T4th), winning percentage (T5th, .680), opponents average (6th, .235), opponents on-base percentage (6th, .291), strikeout-to-walk ratio (8th, 3.76) and strikeouts (9th).

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