White Sox, Sale have discussed extension

White Sox, Sale have discussed extension
March 5, 2013, 4:30 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale confirmed Tuesday his representatives have had discussions with the club about a contract extension.

Sale, who is about to enter his second season as a starting pitcher, was an All-Star in 2012 when he went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA in 30 games (29 starts).

He struck out 192 batters in a professional-high 192 innings.

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If Sale, who enters the 2013 season with 2 years, 61 days service time, stays in the majors all season he’ll qualify for arbitration next season. The left-hander, who was the 13th overall pick of the 2010 draft, is set to earn $600,000 this season and would be in line for a significant raise.

“We’ve been kind of back and forth but nothing too crazy right now,” Sale said Tuesday when asked about extension talks.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn declined to comment. One of Sale’s representatives, B.B. Abbott, deferred all questions to the White Sox front office.

Prior to last season, Sale had never pitched more than 71 innings professionally.

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Earlier this spring Hahn noted the club has confidence Sale’s arm can withstand the rigors of a major league season.

Sale has completed 2 1/3 innings this spring. He’s expected to face a group of White Sox minor-leaguers on Wednesday morning. Sale hopes to throw between 60-70 pitches and thinks he could pitch up to four innings.