Royals, Yordano Ventura Agree To 5-Year, $22 Million Extension

Last night, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the Royals and right-hander Yordano Ventura were in “deep discussions” on a five-year extension which include an option for a sixth year and guarantee him north of $20 million.

As of this morning, Jeffrey Flanagan reported an agreement has been made between the Royals and Ventura.

Ventura thrived in his first full season last year, stunning hitters with a fastball that regularly reached 100 mph and peaking with seven shutout innings in Game 6 of the World Series.

Ventura is coming off a 2014 season that saw him post a 3.20 ERA and 159/69 K/BB ratio over 183 innings as a rookie. One of the hardest throwers in the majors, the 23-year-old has already had some health concerns, but it appears that he’s just scratching the surface of his potential. The Royals have a knack for getting team-friendly deals done and this one is great for both sides.

Passan compares this deal to Braves right-hander Julio Teheran, who signed a six-year, $32.4 million extension last February with the same amount of service time. Chris Archer, who signed a six-year, $25 million extension with the Rays last April, is another prominent example. Ventura is under team control through 2019, so if the extension kicks in this year, it would cover all of his arbitration seasons and one year of free agency.

 

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