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Braves Extend Newest Acquisition to a Two-Year Deal

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The Atlanta Braves recently traded for seven time all star pitcher, Chris Sale. They got right to extending him, and they did that yesterday. They extended Chris Sale to a two-year deal, worth $38 million. Also, there's a $18 million club option for 2026.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Sale gets $17-18M in new guaranteed money. He was due $27.5M — $17.5M this year, $10M deferred for 15 years — and the team held a $20M option for next year. The present value of his salary this season was in the $20-21M range. In the new deal, the Braves guarantee him $16M this year and $22M next year. Atlanta received $17M from Boston in the deal, so the cash will cover his entire salary this season.

The Braves have a lot of faith that Chris Sale will be healthy. Which he hasn't that past few years. In 2023, Chris Sale pitched in 20 games. In 2022, Chris Sale made just 2 starts. In 2021, Chris Sale started in just 9 games. The Braves need Chris Sale to stay healthy after extending him.

If Chris Sale can stay healthy, he's a very dominant pitcher. The key word is if. That's not a guarantee, but Chris Sale has proven when he's healthy, that he's a potential ace. Baseball is better when Chris Sale is healthy, so hopefully Chris Sale can pitch a full season in 2024 and beyond.

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