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Chris Sale | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida Gulf Coast
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (13) / CWS
Contract: view contract details
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Chris Sale allowed three runs and struck out 14 batters in a complete-game loss to the Mariners on Friday.
He also didn’t walk a batter. It was a good thing the Mariners got to him early, because Sale eventually found his groove and was completely dominant. The southpaw retired the final 16 batters he faced and struck out six batters in a row at one point. This was his fifth complete game of the season. He has now dropped four out of his last five decisions to fall to 15-7 on the year. He’ll bring a 3.14 ERA into a start against the Tigers on the road next week. Aug 26 - 11:54 PM

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Chris Sale held the Athletics scoreless over eight innings, and the White Sox eventually prevailed with a 6-2 win Saturday.

Sale gave up three hits, all singles, and walked three on the night. He also fanned eight. The win improved his record to 15-6 and snapped a winless streak that had dated back to July 2. Sale owns a 3.15 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 165/38 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings this year, and he'll try to make it two in a row Friday against the Mariners.
Aug 20 - 10:54 PM

Chris Sale failed to impress in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins, yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Sale struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. He kept the Marlins off the scoreboard through the first four innings, but they would break through in the fifth. The big hit in the frame came from an unexpected source in opposing number Tom Koehler, who picked up a two-run single. The Marlins would score three runs total in the inning and put up two more in the seventh to polish off the scoring on the ace southpaw's line. He will try for better results when he takes his 3.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 157/34 K/BB ratio into a home start against the Mariners next time out.
Aug 14 - 4:24 PM

Chris Sale allowed three runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Royals.

Sale struck out seven in the outing and left in line for his 15th win. Alas, it wasn't to be, as closer David Robertson blew a save for the second time in Sale's last four starts. Sale hasn't won since July 2 and is 14-5 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 150/34 K/BB ratio over 22 starts total. The 27-year-old will continue searching for that elusive win Sunday against the Marlins.
Aug 10 - 12:59 AM

Chris Sale gave up two runs in an eight-inning complete game loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

He struck out 10 batters and walked only one while allowing six base hits. He gave up an RBI double to Nick Castellanos in the fourth inning and a solo home run to J.D. Martinez in the eighth. Sale's record falls to 14-5 with a 3.12 ERA. He lines up for two starts next week.
Aug 3 - 10:10 PM

A source told ESPN's Jayson Stark that the chances of Chris Sale getting traded before the August 1 (4:00 p.m. ET) deadline are "under five percent."

It sounds like the Red Sox are the most aggressive suitors at the moment and they do have the prospects to pull it off, but it's a longshot for a deal to actually happen on Monday. Sale has also been pursued by the Dodgers and Rangers, two teams with stocked farm systems, but there's not much momentum on either of those fronts. The ace left-hander is under contract with Chicago through 2018 with a club option for 2019, so the asking price is doubtful to suddenly drop.
Aug 1 - 11:57 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale hears that the Red Sox had late-night talks with the White Sox regarding a possible Chris Sale trade.

Boston is one of the few organizations with the farm system to pull this off. Nightengale says the Dodgers are also still in play, and they're loaded in the minors too. Texas, meanwhile, has apparently moved on. Sale, 27, holds a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 133/32 K/BB ratio in 139 innings this season for Chicago. He is under contract through 2018 with a club option for 2019.
Aug 1 - 10:32 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers haven't discussed a possible Chris Sale trade with the White Sox for "awhile."

There have been reports suggesting that the White Sox want both Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara from Texas in a return package for Sale, and that's just too high of a price. Sale is under contract with Chicago through 2018 and he holds a club option for 2019, so there's no pressure at all to move him. The ace left-hander owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 133/32 K/BB ratio in 139 innings this season.
Aug 1 - 10:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers "continue to be the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Chris Sale.

Nightengale says the White Sox are asking for Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in any deal involving Sale and it doesn't appear they're willing to budge. You can understand why their asking price would be so sky-high, but it's also understandable why the Rangers are declining. Sale still seems unlikely to be traded before the deadline, although a lot can change between now and Monday afternoon.
Jul 29 - 12:59 PM

Chris Sale allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

Sale, making his first start in 10 days after being scratched and ultimately suspended for five games for his actions prior to last Sunday's scheduled start, looked rusty early, allowing runs in two of the first three innings before settling down. He gave up six hits and three walks in total while striking out four. Sale fell to 14-4 with the loss. He'll sport a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 133/32 K/BB ratio heading into Wednesday's start against the Tigers.
Jul 28 - 11:31 PM

White Sox reinstated LHP Chris Sale from suspension.

Sale was handed a five-game suspension from the White Sox on Sunday after taking a knife to throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear. The incident led to the White Sox scratching him from his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers, so he'll be working on nine days of rest in his return Thursday versus the Cubs.
Jul 28 - 1:42 PM

Chris Sale will make his return Thursday against the Cubs.

The White Sox suspended Sale for five games after he cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife as a bizarre form of protest. There's a chance that Thursday could be a final start with the White Sox, as the trade deadline is approaching and there has been quite a bit of a chatter about a possible deal. Of course, it would require a monster haul for Chicago to part with him and they might not see the sort of offers they want.
Jul 25 - 5:32 PM

The White Sox have suspended Chris Sale five games for his conduct in a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game.

Sale cut up some throwback uniforms with a knife after getting into a heated argument with the front office about not wanting to wear the uniforms Saturday. The left-hander is tentatively slated to rejoin the White Sox' rotation on Thursday against the Cubs. General manager Rick Hahn said that the incident won't affect the club's decision on whether to trade the lefty or not, although that could just be GM speak.
Jul 24 - 12:57 PM

MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports that Chris Sale is not expected to be at the ballpark on Sunday.

Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a run-in with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. The White Sox have listed him as the scheduled starter on Thursday against the Cubs, although that could be tentative. Sale has also been mentioned as a trade candidate.
Jul 24 - 11:22 AM

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday wouldn't say when Chris Sale would make his next start.

Sale was scratched from Saturday's start and sent home after a dust-up with the front office regarding throwback uniforms that he didn't want to wear. "I'll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we'll wait on that," Ventura said. "I'm not going to discuss what went on in there. But (it's) unfortunate he didn't start tonight. Proud of the guys who filled in." Jose Quintana will start as scheduled on Sunday. Miguel Gonzalez is currently slated to take the ball Monday, although that seems like a spot Sale could easily slide into, assuming he and the front office work out their issues. The left-hander might be traded prior to the deadline.
Jul 24 - 9:33 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Omar Narvaez
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Brett Lawrie
2Carlos Sanchez
SS1Tim Anderson
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
2Jason Coats
CF1Austin Jackson
2J.B. Shuck
3Charlie Tilson
RF1Adam Eaton
DH1Justin Morneau
2Avisail Garcia
3Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2Jose Quintana
3James Shields
4Carlos Rodon
5Miguel Gonzalez
6Jacob Turner
7Anthony Ranaudo
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Matt Albers
4Zach Putnam
5Michael Ynoa
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings
8Daniel Webb
9Chris Beck
10Tommy Kahnle