Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber became one of the elite pitchers in baseball as he took home the 2014 American League Cy Young Award.
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He went 18-9 with a 2.44 earned run average and a whopping 269 strikeouts in 235 innings, and he will be 29 years old when the 2015 season begins.
The Indians have locked up their ace with a five-year contract extension that will run through 2019, and it will also include two option years.
The financial terms of the deal are unknown, but it’s expected to be similar to the $23 million extension that Yordano Ventura signed with the Kansas City Royals.
The Indians will have a dangerous starting rotation headed by Kluber, along with fellow breakout youngster Carlos Carrasco and promising prospects such as Trevor Bauer and possibly Danny Salazar soon.
A promising lineup is also in Cleveland as outfielder Michael Brantley, first baseman Carlos Santana and the newly acquired outfielder Brandon Moss remain in their primes.