GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox and prized left-hander Chris Sale have reportedly had conversations about a contract extension.
Sale, who signed a $600,000 one-year contract on Feb. 22, $110,000 above the major league minimum, is not eligible for salary arbitration until next winter so there is no need for the Sox to work out a deal now. However, the Sox have worked out multiyear contracts to players such as Sergio Santos and Gavin Floyd in the past, before they became eligible for arbitration.
"We've been kind of back and forth but nothing too crazy right now," Sale told CSN Chicago on Tuesday.
Sox general manager Rick Hahn, sticking to his policy of not discussing rumors, declined comment.
Sale, 23, posted a 17-8 record and 3.05 ERA with 192 strikeouts over 192 innings in 2012, his first full season as a starter. He finished sixth in the American League Cy Young award voting.
Sale is the likely choice to be the Sox' Opening Day starter in 2013.