Ace Chris Sale arrived with the Red Sox a couple of years ago thirsting for the chance to pitch in the playoffs and win a World Series title. As he chased those things, he fell in love with the sports passion of Boston and fit in seamlessly with his new organization.
Even though he did get that World Series trophy — unleashing the filthiest of sliders imaginable to Manny Machado last October to finish the job — Sale's priorities haven't changed.
Now he wants to win more trophies instead of the one he has. And in what should be construed as good news for the Red Sox and their fans, he wants to keep doing it in Boston.
This is newsworthy because Sale is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2019 season. Well, at least he will be if no contract can be reached between now and then.
While some players like to talk about exploring their options, Sale made it pretty clear on Wednesday option one wouldn't require a change of address form.