Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for PED use “But just because I’m in a different area of my life doesn’t mean I have to change my values or my focus. What I’ve done my entire career has been just baseball — play baseball. That’s it.“I’ve been stuck in that way for so long that I have a really hard time thinking I’ll have to find a way out of it.”Sale is one of several notable arms scheduled for free agency along with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner. And though it may not matter to Sale, he deserves the biggest payday of them all. Justin Verlander not thinking about retiring, open to re-signing with Astros If any pitcher deserves a new, lucrative contract it’s Red Sox ace Chris Sale.Sale has been named an All-Star each of the last seven seasons and finished in the top five of Cy Young voting each of the last six. And by the way, he’s doing it on a steal of a contract. Sale made $12 million in 2017, his first season with the Red Sox, and $12.5 million in 2018. For a little perspective, teammate David Price made $30 million each of those seasons and won seven fewer games with an ERA nearly a point higher than Sale.It’s unlikely Boston will be able to keep Sale’s services at that meager rate, but according to the lanky lefty, both sides want to get something done before he hits the market in 2020. Related News “I think we’re both mutually invested in this,” Sale said this week, via The Boston Globe. “We’ve both said on both sides that it’s a possibility, for sure.”The last time Sale signed a contract was in 2013 when he agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the White Sox that included two separate team options that kept him off the market and out of line for hefty free-agent money.Sale said he has no regrets about signing that deal.“If I didn’t have kids, wasn’t married, I probably wouldn’t have signed that deal,” he said. “But I was 23 years old. I’ve got a 2-year-old at the house, been married two years at that point. Put $30 million in front of me, I’m taking it.”However, even with those millions now in the bank, Sales priorities haven’t shifted much.“Obviously, this go-round is a little different than the last one with the contract situation. The wheels could fall off tomorrow and I can just take it to the house. There’s no worst-case scenario for me, knock on wood,” he said. “I’m doing what I love to do. I can’t really complain past, present, or future.