The 2024 Major League Baseball season will mark the start of a new chapter for Chris Sale.

Sale is set to play his first campaign in Atlanta after spending seven years in Boston. The Red Sox last week traded the veteran left-hander to the Braves in exchange for talented infielder Vaughn Grissom.

The 34-year-old Sale had a say in the move, as it required a lifting of his no-trade clause. While such an act indicates Sale is excited about his new opportunity with the six-time defending National League East champions, he was also sad to say goodbye to the Red Sox.

“Leaving Boston wasn’t easy,” Sale told reporters Thursday, per “I’ve been there for a long time. It was a second home to me. My family loved it, my kids loved it and (Boston) treated my family the best. It was great.”

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Sale added: “They always treated me with respect. They always made me feel loved. They always made me feel wanted. Anything I ever wanted or needed, anything my family ever wanted or needed, they were there for me. Always.

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“Through and through. So I appreciate that. To categorize it any one way, there’s not really a word I’d put on it. But I’ll never forget the people that I met there, the relationships I had and that 2018 season where we lifted up that trophy as world champions.”

Much like how the Red Sox valued Sale for nearly a decade, the Braves already are showing the seven-time All-Star their appreciation for his talents. Atlanta on Tuesday announced a contract extension for Sale, who’s in line to play a big role on a World Series contender for years to come.

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