(WEEI.com reporting from FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Chris Sale said this past offseason he would certainly welcome a phone call from the Boston Red Sox regarding a contract extension.
Well, the phone rang, he answered and a deal reportedly has gotten done.
Sale and the Red Sox have agreed to a five-year extension worth $145 million that runs from 2020-24, according to The Athletic.
The 29-year-old Sale was entering the final year of his current contract, which will pay the lefty ace $15 million in 2019.
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe was first to report that the two sides were close on an agreement.
The terms of Sale's extension still will leave him as the second-highest paid member of the Red Sox starting rotation: David Price is in the fourth season of his seven-year, $217 million contract.
The agreement leaves the Red Sox with four players in line to become free agents after this season: Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, Brock Holt and J.D. Martinez, who has the opportunity to opt out of his deal after the 2019 season.
Earlier in camp, Sale explained to WEEI.com why he feels his approach is built for the long-term.
By Rob Bradford