Sox Double Their Pleasure: Sign Sale to Long-Term Deal, Defeat Cubs

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today’s News

From the Official Sox Press Release…

The White Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year, $32.5-million contract with left-handed pitcher Chris Sale, which includes club options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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.

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).

Sale recorded 11 or more strikeouts four times in 2012, joining Ed Walsh (four in 1910) and Javier Vazquez (four in 2006) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to accomplish the feat. He became the fifth White Sox pitcher to strike out 13-plus batters twice in one season (15 on May 28 at Tampa Bay and 13 on August 22 vs. New York-AL)

In two-plus seasons with Chicago, Sale has gone 21-11 with a 2.89 ERA (92 ER/286.1 IP) and 303 strikeouts in 109 games (29 starts), holding opponents to a .223 (234-1,048) average.

Sale was selected by the White Sox in the first round (13th overall) in 2010 and was the only member of that draft class to play in the major leagues that season. He had been on pace to be arbitration eligible for the first time following the 2013 season and a free agent following the 2016 season.

More Sale

On Wednesday’s off-day, Sale threw 4.0 IP/65 pitches in a simulated game facing minor league hitters. Coop said it was a “great day of work and whatever other adjectives you want to use.”

Sox 8, Cubs 3

The Sox, who pounded out 14 hits, improved their Spring record to 6-3-2 with today’s 8-3 victory over the Cubs in Mesa…Paulie, who smashed two solo homers, enjoyed his second consecutive 3 for 3 day…Adam Dunn (two-run homer) and PK went back-to-back in the five-run sixth inning…Gordon Beckham (double), Blake Tekotte (sac fly), Seth Loman (groundout) and Tyler Flowers (double) also drove in runs…Starter Jose Quintana went 3 2/3 innings, allowing a run, two hits, a walk and struck out four. Relievers Ramon Troncoso (1.0), Donnie Veal (0.1), Brian Omogrosso (1.0), Deunte Heath (1.0) Santos Rodriguez (1.0) and Jhan Marinez (0.1) all pitched scoreless ball.

Quote of the Day

Sox GM Rick Hahn on the Sale signing: “It’s nice to be able to, on one hand, reward Chris for not only his accomplishments on the field, but how hard he works off the field to prepare himself to achieve at the high level he did last year. As importantly to us, obviously, is to have the ability to control what we feel is one of the premier young starters in the American League for potentially up to the next seven years.”

Play of the Day

The back-to-back home runs by Dunn and Konerko.

Sox Notes of Note

Hahn addressed the media today in the back of the HoHoKam Ballpark press box wearing a Blackhawks cap…DeBo, new White Sox first base coach Daryl Boston, does many things “in style.” Today was no different. While most Sox players and coaches walked onto the field from the bus parked beyond right field corner, not DeBo. Smiling broadly, he was driven to the White Sox dugout on an eight passenger golf cart. Alone.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., Chicago time). The Sox’s Jake Peavy and the Padres’ Clayton Richard are the scheduled starters. Peavy and Richard also were the mound opponents last Sunday in Peoria.

Did You Know…

…that Sox catcher Hector Gimenez is 6 for 10 this spring in four Cactus League games?

Photo of the Day

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What a difference three years make. Here’s Chris Sale throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Sox-Braves game at U.S. Cellular Field shortly after he was drafted in June of 2010.

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