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The blockbuster trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox brought back memories of when in 1997, former GM Dan Duquette, was able to acquire Pedro from the Expos.
Pedro Martinez went on to become one of the top pitchers in the American League during his 7 years in a Red Sox uniform. Very soon after his acquisition, Pedro signed a 6 year / $75 million deal.
Over the length of that deal, Pedro went on to win 2 Cy Young Awards, was a 4x All-Star, and posted with 313 strikeouts in 1999. Like Pedro, Sale was acquired in a blockbuster deal with the White Sox. In his first season with Boston, he went 17-8 in 214.1 innings and recorded 308 strikeouts.
The two pitchers are comparable in their first seasons in the City of Champions:
Pedro 1998 stats:
19-7 / 2.89 ERA / 3 CG / 2 Shutouts / 233.2 IP / 251 K / 67 BB
55 Seconds of Pedro Martinez’s Filth (17K Game against the Devil Rays). Complete with Pedro side-eyeing batters after Ks, as he walked off the field. pic.twitter.com/79ccz2ByFc
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) December 24, 2017
Chris Sale 2017 Stats: 17-8 / 2.90 ERA / 1 CG / 214.1 IP / 308 K / 43 BB
— Red Sox de Boston (@RedSoxBeisbol) November 19, 2017
Sale is entering his age 28 season, and is under Red Sox team control for the next two seasons. Though the Cy Young candidate is not set to hit free agency until 2020, Dave Dombrowski would be wise to negotiate an extension.
When Pedro signed his 6 year / $75 million extension in 1998, it made him the highest paid pitcher in all of baseball.
Clayton Kershaw is currently the highest paid pitcher with an annual amount of around $35,000,000 according to Spotrac.
Though the Red Sox may have limited options at the moment, they would be wise to begin considering a Chris Sale extension.