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FORT MYERS Josh Tomlin Jersey , Fla. (AP) — After winning a World Series with the Red Sox, Chris Sale preferred to stay in Boston rather than find out what he would be worth as a free agent after this season.“When half the league isn’t trying to win anything, and we have a team that’s trying to win every year? That says a lot. As players, you can’t not respect it,” Sale said Saturday after Boston announced a deal that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020 to 2024.Sale, who turns 30 on March 30, is guaranteed $15 million this year under the second option year of the contract he signed with the Chicago White Sox before the 2013 season. The deal wound up being worth $59 million over seven years plus award bonuses.The new contract raises his guarantee to $160 million over the next six seasons.He gets $30 million salaries annually from 2020-22 and $27.5 million a year in 2023 and 2024. His salary can escalate by up to $2 million per season from 2021-24 based on finish in Cy Young Award voting.His new deal also includes a $20 million option for 2025 that could become guaranteed based on a top 10 finish in the 2024 Cy Young vote, and the price could escalate up to $25 million based on Cy Young finish in 2023 and ’24.Sale is 103-62 with a 2.89 ERA and 1,789 strikeouts in 1,482 1/3 innings in nine years. He has been an All-Star for seven straight seasons and started the last two All-Star Games.“To be able to keep Chris in the organization for years to come is exciting for us,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said.Since Sale was acquired from Chicago in December 2016, he is 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA, holding opponents to a .196 batting average and averaging 13.17 strikeouts per nine innings. He was 1-0 in four starts and four relief appearances in last year’s postseason, striking out the side against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series to complete Boston’s fourth title in 15 seasons.“We have a track record of winning,” Sale said. “And even when we don’t Carlos Carrasco Jersey , we’re still lined up to win. Since the turn of the century, we have the most World Series wins.”Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, the reigning AL MVP, said Sale’s deal would not affect his decision whether to seek a long-term contract with Boston or remain on track to become a free agent after the 2020 season. Betts has a $20 million salary this year and is eligible for arbitration again next winter.“I know they got to do what they can to help the team win, and I’m going to do what I can to help the team win,” he said. “I don’t even think about that a whole lot right now. I’m just focused kind of on what’s going on and getting through spring training and getting ready.”By structuring the new agreement as a separate contract that starts in 2020, the Red Sox kept Sale’s luxury tax figure for this year at $15 million.Boston’s payroll for purposes of the tax already is about $240 million, nearing the $246 million threshold for the second surtax. Boston will pay at a 30 percent rate on the amount above $206 million up to $226 million, at a 42 percent rate on the amount above $226 million up to $246 million and at a 75 percent rate above that. If the Red Sox exceed $246 million, their top draft pick in 2020 would be dropped 10 slots, as it was this year.Boston paid an $11.95 million tax for its 2018 tax payroll of $239 million. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Greg Bird is stronger, healthier and ready to challenge Luke Voit for the New York Yankees‘ first-base job.After three injury-marred seasons, the 26-year old Bird reported to the Yankees’ spring training complex in early January and checked into camp at 230 pounds, up about 20 from the end of last season.“I was able to start over and get to where I needed to be Cliff Pennington Jersey , and work from the ground up,” Bird said Thursday after homering off Masahiro Tanaka in a simulated game and adding a single against left-hander James Paxton. “I didn’t change anything. I just got back to where I needed to be.”Bird made his big league debut in August 2015 and hit 11 homers with 31 RBIs in 46 games. He missed 2016 after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, then hit .451 with eight homers during spring training in 2017 but fouled a ball off his right ankle March 30,.He started the season 6 for 60 and went on the disabled list May 2. Bird had surgery July 18 to remove a bone in the ankle. He returned Aug. 26 and hit .253 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 29 games, then batted .241 three homers and six RBIs in 13 playoff games.But he hit poorly in spring training last year and had surgery March 27 to remove a broken spur on the outside of his right ankle. He did not play for the Yankees until May 26 and wound up with a .199 average, 11 homers and 38 RBIs over 82 games.Voit, acquired from St. Louis on July 28, displaced Bird and hit .333 with 14 homers and 33 RBIs in 39 games with the Yankees. General manager Brian Cashman said the job was Voit’s to lose this spring training.“The one thing about Greg, even last year when he was struggling at its most, he controls the strike zone,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “His first at-bats today, that was apparent and then we saw him impact the ball as well.”Bird’s drive off Tanaka produced a loud bang after nailing the right-center field scoreboard on a back field at Steinbrenner Field. In his next at-bat, he lined an opposite-field to left hit off Paxton. He also took a called third strike against Chad Green.“It’s step in the right direction,” Bird said. “I just want to play. That’s one step closer to playing.”Voit had three at-bats Thursday, including a single to left against Paxton.Bird’s homer was the lone hit off Tanaka Joey Votto Jersey , who struck out Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres and Tyler Wade over 1 2/3 innings.Troy Tulowitzki drove a ball off the left-field fence against Paxton.MR. 0Adam Ottavino wore No. 0, and that’s exactly what he gave the hitters.He struck out Torres and Voit, then struck out Wade twice, both times swinging.“You’re watching from behind and knowing as a right-handed hitter, that’s not a fun at-bat right there,” Boone said. “Sometimes when he executes, you’re kind of like not even upset when you’re out, you’re just glad it’s over with.”MORE FROM THE MOUNDReliever Danny Farquhar, coming back from a brain hemorrhage stemming from a ruptured aneurysm last April 20, could be ready for his first simulated game next week. . LHP CC Sabathia (heart stent and knee) is throwing at 60 feet on level ground. He is expected starting throwing off a mound around March 1.

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