Chris Sale and Paul Goldschmidt recently signed major contract extensions as spring training is winding down. Sale is being paid $150 million over the next five years, and Goldschmidt will be awarded $130 million over the next five years as well.
Goldschmidt signed earlier on in the week by the St. Louis Cardinals, and will be getting $26 million dollars until his age 37 season. Goldschmidt has been easily one of the top first baseman in the entire league since he was called up in 2011 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Goldy has power, hits for average, is a gold glove caliber fielder, and has surprising speed for a first baseman, which separates him from the rest of the sluggers playing that position. He found himself in St. Louis thanks to a trade on December 6th, which sent Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, and Andrew Young to the desert for the six time All-Star. When his extension kicks in, he will become the third highest first baseman by salary per year, right above Joey Votto and right behind Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols who both signed mega deals a few years back.
Chris Sale has been arguably the most dominant lefty not named Clayton Kershaw in to 2010’s. The 2018 World Series champion will be rewarded a 5 year $150 million extension for his historic numbers and dominance. He was part of a blockbuster trade that had him going from the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for top prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and others. If it weren’t for injuries that held him out for most of August and September, he most likely would have taken home his first A.L. Cy Young award. Those injuries have been a little bit of a concern since being in Boston, as his timed missed went form what was thought to be load management to an actual concern that dropped his fastball velocity from 97-98 MPH to a lowly 88-91 MPH in the playoffs.