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White Sox’ Chris Sale relieved with contract extension

Updated: March 8, 2013 4:05PM



GLENDALE, Ariz. — Chris Sale was back to his old self Friday, even if the White Sox left-hander was $32.5 million richer.

“Definitely a big relief on my end,” Sale said of the contract extension that could keep him with the White Sox for seven more seasons. “Just everything going in the last couple of weeks, I really haven’t been myself. It just kind of took over my mind a little bit. I tried to do everything I could to stay focused and not let it run my life or anything. “

The White Sox hold options on their 23-year-old All-Star in 2018 and 2019 that could raise the total value to $60   million over seven seasons.

But Sale, who went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA in 2012, says he doesn’t expect to feel the pressure of his new deal.

“That’s the biggest part is trying to stay myself, stay the course,” Sale said. “I don’t feel like I need to try to do anything different than I have in the past and I don’t think I will. I’ve got too many great people surrounding me, family and friends and this clubhouse. These guys are going to keep me in check and staying down the road I need to stay on. I’m grateful for that, too. No one in here is going to let me slip up and they’re going to keep pushing me to the max and that’s what it’s going to take and that’s what I’m prepared for.

“I don’t think I could have been in a better situation. Being able to play in the city of Chicago, with this team, with the organization, with the coaching staff, with the players in the clubhouse, I’m very fortunate and very thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given.”



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