Source: Yordano Ventura, Royals agree to $23 million extension

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Kansas City Royals and Opening Day starter Yordano Venturahave agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $23 million, a source confirmed to's Jerry Crasnick.

The deal is pending a physical, the source told Crasnick. The deal was first reported Friday by Yahoo! Sports.

The 23-year-old Ventura went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA last year in his rookie season, including a seven-inning scoreless performance in beating the San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of the World Series.

The right-hander signed a one-year deal worth $535,675 for the 2015 season on March 3.

In his March 27 spring training start against the Seattle Mariners, Ventura threw seven no-hit innings, striking out four and walking two before being lifted on a pitch count. recently ranked Ventura as No. 75 in the BBTN 100. With James Shields leaving in free agency, Ventura anchors a projected starting rotation that includes Danny Duffy, Edinson Volquez, Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas.