Braves Agree to Two-year Contract Extension with Chris Sale Worth $38 Million

Braves to Sign Chris Sales for a Two Years Contract Extension (Atlanta Braves)

The Atlanta Braves have signed left-handed pitcher Chris Sale to a two-year, $38 million contract extension, solidifying their commitment to the veteran starter.

The deal restructures Sale’s previous contract, which was set to expire in 2024, and adds a club option for 2026.

Braves agree on a $38 million two-year contract extension with Chris Sale (Atlanta Braves)

Sale, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox last week, will receive $16 million in 2024 and $22 million in 2025, with a $18 million club option for 2026.

The Braves’ investment in Sale demonstrates their confidence in his ability to lead their rotation, which is likely to undergo changes in the near future.

With Max Fried potentially leaving in free agency and Charlie Morton considering retirement, Sale’s presence provides stability and experience. The team is also looking to Sale to mentor younger pitchers like Spencer Strider, AJ Smith-Shawver, Hurston Waldrep, and Bryce Elder.

Sale’s career has been marked by both excellence and injury, but he showed signs of resurgence in 2023, posting a 4.30 ERA and striking out 125 batters in 102⅔ innings.

The Braves are betting on Sale’s proven track record, which includes seven All-Star appearances and top-six Cy Young finishes. With Sale joining the rotation, the Braves are poised to compete for another division title and potentially a World Series championship.