The White Sox have an off day today, but not Chris Sale, who will stay on schedule by throwing 60-70 pitches to White Sox minor leaguers this morning. That means it will likely be his second day in the headlines, as Dan Hayes reported on Tuesday that Sale and the White Sox have discussed a contract extension.
The revelation doesn't rock the Richter scale in and of itself. Name a high-profile White Sox starter of recent history, and the club has either extended him or been rebuffed in its efforts. Unless they have medical concerns they're not talking about, they shoud naturally want to pursue that end like they did with Gavin Floyd and John Danks. Likewise, there's a growing tendency among younger stars to secure "made it" status early and delay their open-market entrance by a year or three, and being a young husband and father, Sale wouldn't seem to be immune to this inclination.
So both sides should have an inherent interest in feeling each other out. But still, I believe it's the first acknowledgment by either side that discussions have taken place, and that is news. Scott Merkin recently wrote a story about the Sox's confidence in guiding Sale through repeat performances of 2012, and so you'd think they'd want to put their money where their mouth is, and more literally than usual.
White Sox spring training headlines: Chris Sale extension talk surfaces, Paul Konerko a WBC possibility
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