The White Sox have agreed to terms with lefty Chris Sale on a five-year, $32.5-million contract extension, the team announced.
Earlier this week, Sale confirmed that discussions were ongoing.
At present, Sale has just more than two years of major-league service time, so his new contract in essence buys out his final pre-arb year, his three arbitration-eligible seasons and his first year of free agency.
In his first season as a major-league starter, Sale posted a 3.05 ERA and struck out exactly a batter per inning across 192 frames. Over his three-year career, Sale has pitched to a stellar ERA+ of 150. The big concern moving forward will be whether Sale's high-stress delivery allows him to stay healthy while continuing to shoulder a starter's workload. However, there's no arguing with his results so far.
Once the extension is finalized, the White Sox will have Sale, Jake Peavy and John Danks all locked up through at least 2014.
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