Much to the surprise of no one, the Red Sox exercised their 2019 contract option on Chris Sale. The announcement was made by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
Sale, 29, made 27 starts in his second season with the Red Sox, going 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA. He struck out 237 batters while walking just 34 en route to being named an All-Star for the seventh consecutive season.
The lefthander made five postseason appearances for the Red Sox this year, including Game 5 of the World Series when he retired the side in the ninth inning to close the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers.