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Sale signs five-year deal

The White Sox and left-handed pitcher Chris Sale have agreed to a five-year, $32.5-million contract.

Sale will earn $850,000 in 2013, $3.5 million in 2014, $6 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2017. The Sox hold options at $12.5 million for 2018 and at $13.5 million for 2019.  Should either option be declined, Sale will receive a $1 million buyout.

The new deal covers Sale's three arbitration years as well as his first year of free agency.

Sale, who turns 24 on March 30, went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 2012, his first year as a starting pitcher. He was also named to his first All-Star team and finished six in the American League Cy Young Award voting.

“We are thrilled to be able to reward Chris for his accomplishments thus far in his career and to keep one of the best young starters in the league in a White Sox uniform for potentially the next seven years,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement.

-- Meghan Montemurro


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