Sale gets a big new deal...Goldschmidt to stay with Cardinals...6 Mets getting retention bonuses
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Ace left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a new contract that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020 to 2024. Sale has been an All-Star the last seven years and would have been eligible for free agency after this season. He 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. Since he was acquired from Chicago in 2016, Sale is 29-12 with a 2.56 ERA.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt has given up a chance to become a free agent after this season. He has finalized a new contract with the Cardinals that guarantees an additional $130 million from 2020-24. The six-time All-Star first baseman was acquired in December from Arizona. He has a $14.5 million salary this season in the option year of a contract he signed with Arizona ahead of the 2013 season.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets say they will give $100,000 retention bonuses to six players at spring training with minor league contracts. They are assuring depth by keeping outfielders Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco, left-hander Hector Santiago, catcher Devin Mesoraco and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY’-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE’-uh). Just three other players received the retention bonus offers: Chicago White Sox right-hander Ervin Santana, San Diego catcher Chris Stewart and Toronto right-hander Bud Norris.
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champion Nathan Chen delivered a spectacular free skate today to win the gold medal again at the figure skating world championships in Japan. It’s the first time an American man has captured consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won his fourth in a row in 1984. It’s also the first time since 1996 two U.S. men medaled at the worlds: American Vincent Zhou took the bronze. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won silver.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — Five Penn State wrestlers will compete for individual NCAA championships tonight knowing they already are team champions. The Nittany Lions clinched their fourth straight team championship and eighth in nine seasons midway through the consolation semifinals of the NCAA wrestling tournament. Second-place Ohio State needed to earn bonus points with major decisions, technical falls or pins in all of their remaining matches to have a shot at closing the gap. The Buckeyes did not succeed.