The Boston Red Sox picked up the 15-million-US-dollar option on left-hander Chris Sale's contract for the 2019 season.
Sale will be entering the final year of a five-year deal he signed with the Chicago 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.
Sale went 12-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 2018, but only started 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 was the pitcher at the World Series opening on October 23. The seven-time All-Star struck out the side in relief in his side's clinching victory in Game 5 on Sunday night.
Sale can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season.