Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is entering the final year of his contract in 2019, but he says he hopes to stay in Boston long-term.

Speaking at a press conference in Fort Myers on Tuesday, Sale told WBZ NewsRadio’s Jonny Miller that he would “love” to re-sign with the Red Sox.

Sale is owed $15 million this season as he wraps up a 5-year, $32.5 million contract he originally signed with the Chicago White Sox. This season represents the second and final team option year that was built into the deal Sale agreed to in Chicago in 2013.

He is likely due for a significant pay raise once he hits free agency. 29-year-old lefty Patrick Corbin, who turned in only the second sub-4.00 ERA full season of his career in 2018, signed a 6-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals a few months ago.

The lefty said his problematic throwing shoulder, which sidelined him twice last season and forced him to miss two postseason starts, has improved. He has been throwing in camp without any reported issues.

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