The Red Sox are closing in on a contract extension with left-hander Chris Sale, according to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. It’s expected to be in the five-year, $150 million range, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Sale, who is entering his third season with the Red Sox, was slated to hit free agency after this upcoming season. The 29-year-old previously expressed interest in discussing an extension and is likely to be the first pending Red Sox free agent to commit long-term to the club.

 

Sale’s deal will take him through his age-35 season in 2024, meaning the Red Sox will have four key members of the rotation-- Sale, David Price, Nathan Eovaldi and Eduardo Rodriguez-- locked up through at least the 2022 season. The only starter not locked up long-term is pending free agent Rick Porcello, who has also expressed interest in an extension with the club.