Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura will stick around for the foreseeable future after signing a five-year contract extension worth $23 million.
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Ventura’s entire contract is guaranteed and will keep him under contract with the Royals until 2021, assuming he exercises his two option years.
The 23-year-old broke out for the Royals in his rookie season while helping lead them to the World Series. Although they lost to the San Francisco Giants, Ventura forced a Game 7 with an amazing Game 6 performance that consisted of seven shutout innings.
He pitched in two World Series games while coming up with a 1-0 record with a 1.46 earned run average.
His regular-season performance was notable as well, which included a 14-10 record with a 3.20 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 183 innings.
The Royals lost James Shields to the San Diego Padres, but they still have a promising starting rotation with Ventura primed to start on Opening Day for a young and rising team.