Chris Sale’s Injury-Laden Career: From Stardom to Braves Trade

2023-12-30 23:24:02

Purcell has been plagued by injuries in recent years and his strength is not as good as before. (AP file photo)

The Atlanta Braves took action to strengthen the starting rotation. Former White Sox and Red Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale was sold to the Braves in exchange for rookie infielder Vaughn Grissom. Sale enters the final season of his contract in 2024, with a remaining salary of US$27.5 million, of which US$17 million will be borne by the Red Sox. For the Warriors, it is a low-risk, high-return investment, and the Red Sox are taking the opportunity to exchange for some resources.

Warriors president Alex Anthopoulos said: “I understand everyone is concerned about his health, but he is a playoff-level starting pitcher. This is our off-season reinforcement target and we will do our best to get him.” Stay on the field.”

In the first 10 years of his major league career, Sale was one of the best left-handers in the league. He was selected to the All-Star Game for seven consecutive seasons from 2012 to 2018. He ranked first in the Cy Young Award voting every season and won MVP votes four times. In 2016, Sale was sold to the Red Sox by his old club, the White Sox. His elbow developed problems in 2019, and he underwent ligament reconstruction surgery (TJ surgery) the following year. After the operation, Sale continued to suffer injuries, including fatigue fractures of ribs. In the last three seasons after the epidemic, he only played 31 games, achieving 11 wins and 7 losses, with an ERA of 3.93.

In short, Sale, who turns 35 next spring, is no longer the same Sale as he used to be, but his contract includes deferred payments until 2039, and the Warriors only need to pay $500,000 next season. The Red Sox signed a five-year, US$145 million contract extension with Sale in 2019. This was a failed investment and included a non-tradeable clause. In the end, Sale voluntarily went to the Warriors before the Red Sox finally let him go.

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