The Boston Red Sox picked up the $15 million option on left-hander Chris Sale's contract for the 2019 season on Tuesday.
Sale will be entering the final year of a five-year deal he signed with the White Sox in 2013. He was traded to the Red Sox in 2017 and went on to finish second in the American League Cy Young voting with a 17-8 record and 2.90 ERA that year.
Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 2018, but he started only 27 games as he dealt with injuries during the second half of the season. The Red Sox were cautious with their ace in preparation for the postseason, and Sale went on to pitch in seven games, including four starts, allowing seven earned runs over 15 1/3 innings.
The 29-year-old struck out the side in relief to seal the Red Sox's World Series-clinching victory in Game 5 on Sunday night.
--The New York Mets introduced Brodie Van Wagenen as the 13th general manager in team history, and he immediately went to work, making it clear that Mickey Callaway will be retained as the team's manager.
Van Wagenen also plans for the Mets to keep Jacob deGrom, their ace pitcher and National League Cy Young Award candidate. DeGrom made the All-Star team in 2018 and finished 10-9 with 269 strikeouts in 217 innings while leading the majors with a 1.70 ERA.
Van Wagenen moves into the Mets' front office after being an agent at CAA Sports since 2006. Because Van Wagenen formerly represented deGrom, he will not be involved in the negotiations to give the Mets' star pitcher a contract extension.
--The Cleveland Indians have picked up their $9.75 million option for next season on right-hander Carlos Carrasco's contract.
The team has another option for 2020 on Carrasco, who has won 35 games in 64 games over the past two seasons while striking out 200-plus batters both years. The 31-year-old went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts this year.
The Indians declined their $3 million option on outfielder Brandon Guyer. The 32-year-old will receive a $250,000 buyout after hitting .206 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 103 games in 2018.
--If All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto gets his way, he will no longer be a member of the Miami Marlins when the 2019 season begins.
"J.T. has informed the Marlins' ownership, he's informed their front office, he's not going to sign an extension in Miami," agent Jeff Berry told MLB Network Radio. "It makes sense, when you have one of the more valuable trade assets in baseball, to move him. Period."
The 27-year-old Realmuto batted .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs, career highs in the latter two categories. His career batting average is .279, and he has 59 home runs and 243 RBIs in 540 games, all with Miami. He is eligible for arbitration in 2019 and 2020 and is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
--The Minnesota Twins declined 2019 options on right-hander Ervin Santana and first baseman Logan Morrison, the team announced.
Both players will receive $1 million buyouts. Santana's option was for $14 million, while Morrison's option was for $8 million.
Santana underwent surgery on his right middle finger in early February and didn't make his first appearance until July 25. He posted an 8.03 ERA and went 0-1 in five starts before being shut down for the remainder of the campaign. Meanwhile, Morrison batted just .186 with 15 homers and 39 RBIs in 95 games.
--Outfielder Denard Span is a free agent after the Seattle Mariners announced they have declined the option on his $12 million contract for next year in favor of a $4 million buyout.
Span, 34, batted .272 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 94 games after being traded to Seattle with reliever Alex Colome for two minor-leaguers from Tampa Bay. He primarily played left field in a platoon role.
The Seattle Times reported that the Mariners probably would like to bring Span back on a much lesser one-year deal, but he might choose to opt for a similar contract closer to his home in Florida.
--The Mariners announced that hitting coach Edgar Martinez will move into a new role in 2019 as the franchise's organizational hitting adviser.
General manager Jerry DiPoto said that Martinez approached him and manager Scott Servais after the season with a desire to work in a more flexible role within the organization. Martinez has served as the team's hitting coach since June 20, 2015.
Martinez spent his entire 18-year playing career with the Mariners, retiring in 2004 as a seven-time All-Star and two-time batting champion. He worked with the team as a guest instructor during spring training and as a special assistant before taking over as the hitting coach.
--Field Level Media
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