Saturday April 4th, 2015

The Kansas City Royals and pitcher Yordano Ventura have agreed to a contract extension, Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports.

The extension is for five guaranteed years with a club option for a sixth and seventh year and includes $23 million in guaranteed money, Heyman reports.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported earlier that the two sides were discussing an extension.

Over 183 innings last season, Ventura posted a 3.20 ERA with 159 strikeouts and 59 walks. The 23-year-old also pitched 15 1/3 innings in 2013.

Ventura, who initially signed with Kansas City for only $28,000 in 2008, is known for his high pitch velocity. He is a native of the Dominican Republic.

The Royals begin the season on April 6 against the Chicago White Sox, a game Ventura is expected to start.

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