Royals lock up Ventura

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).

Royals starter Yordano Ventura during his spring training start on St. Patrick's Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals starter Yordano Ventura during his spring training start on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 (Jen Nevius).

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:

2015: $750,000

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.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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