The excitement is already building for KC Royals fans, with Opening Day less than two days away.
There is more clamoring today (and not for the Royals final exhibition game in Houston).
The Royals announced that they have signed Opening Day starter Yordano Ventura to a five year extension with options for the next two years. The deal is worth $23 million over the first five years, with each option year worth $12 million (with a $1 million buyout). There are also escalators based on CY Young Award finishes.
According to Kansas City Star’s Andy McCullough, the Ventura deal breaks down as follows:
2016: $1 million
2017: $3.25 million
2018: $6.25 million
2019: $9.75 million
Ventura is a health risk, so this deal is GREAT for him. He had elbow and shoulder soreness last season and has seen his innings skyrocket over the last two seasons. On the Royals side, they are hoping he stays healthy and this deal becomes a bargain for them.