Friday, March 8, 2013
Hellickson, Detwiler next up?
By Jason A. Churchill
The Chicago White Sox and left-hander Chris Sale have agreed to a 5-year contract extension worth $35 million guaranteed, reports ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. Sale has essentially sold each of his three arbitration years, which would have started after this coming season, and one of his free agent years, assuming the deal is in effect immediately, in exchange for a higher salary in 2013 and the security of he guaranteed money.
Sale's deal could impact the Rays' chances of extending right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who also enters this season with two years of service time, and could impact a similar scenario for Lance Lynn next offseason. Sale's contract could impact Washington's Ross Detwiler, a left-hander with two arbitration years left.
The White Sox now have Sale, right-hander Jake Peavy and left-hander John Danks as starting pitches under contract through at least 2014.