KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Kansas City Royals and pitcher Ian Kennedy have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract that includes an opt-out after the first two years.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal will not be finalized until the 31-year-old Kennedy passes a physical.
The right-hander went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the San Diego Padres last season. He has also pitched for the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The Royals were in search of another starter to replace Johnny Cueto, who became a free agent after helping Kansas City win its first World Series since 1985.