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Braves sign LHP Chris Sale to 2-year, $38M extension less than 2 weeks after acquiring him from Red Sox

January 4th, 2024

The Atlanta Braves announced Thursday that they’ve signed left-handed pitcher Chris Sale to a two-year, $38 million contract.

Sale will be paid $16 million in 2024 and $22 million in 2025. There is also a club option for 2026, which would pay Sale $18 million if the Braves pick it up. He will also donate 1% of his salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.

The Braves acquired Sale, 34, on Dec. 30 in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, along with around $17 million in cash. In return, Atlanta sent Vaughn Grissom, a promising young infielder, to Boston.

Sale is a seven-time All-Star who has battled injuries over the past few years. He had Tommy John in March 2020, which kept him out of the lineup until August of 2021. He pitched just 5 2/3 innings in 2022 due to a never-ending litany of injuries, including a rib fracture, a pinky fracture, and a wrist fracture. He missed a chunk of time in 2023 with a shoulder issue.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on September 22, 2023 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Rutherford/Getty Images)

Chris Sale signed a two-year contract extension with the Braves on Thursday, just over a week after being traded to Atlanta. (Photo by Paul Rutherford/Getty Images)

That forest of injuries makes it hard to see between the trees to actually discover what Sale has left in his arm. But the Braves appear to believe he has at least enough left to be their No. 4 pitcher behind Spencer Strider, Max Fried, and Charlie Morton. Sale is just 34, and after pitching a total of 151 innings over the last three seasons, he’s certainly got less wear-and-tear on his shoulder and forearm than most starting pitchers that age.

The big question is if Sale can stay healthy. After returning from his shoulder troubles in Aug. 2023, he made nine starts through the end of the season and finished with a 3.92 ERA. He pitched into the sixth inning just once over those final nine starts.

Though that was Sale still recovering from an injury. At the start of the 2024 season, Sale will have had the entire offseason to rest and heal. The Braves are hoping that’s the key to unlocking his late-career renaissance.

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