Red Sox

McAdam: Chris Sale’s pending free agency represents tough call for Red Sox

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Between next offseason and the one which follows, a half-dozen of the Red Sox' most important players will qualify for free agency.

Some are foundational, in-their-prime players at key positions, such as Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, whom the Red Sox must do their best to retain. Some are worth retaining if a reasonable contract can be agreed upon, such as Rick Porcello and Jackie Bradley Jr.

And then there's Chris Sale.