Royals, Ventura reportedly nearing extension

Royals, Ventura reportedly nearing extension

The Royals and Yordano Ventura are reportedly nearing an agreement on a five-year contract extension.

The deal, according to Yahoo Sports, includes a sixth-year club option and would guarantee Ventura more than $20 million. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez confirmed the report. The club has not confirmed a deal.

Ventura is entering his second full season in the Majors after going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA as a rookie in 2014.

The 23-year-old right-hander was a key contributor to the American League champion squad, making four starts in the postseason, including seven shutout innings in Game 6 of the World Series.

With James Shields' departure in free agency this offseason, Ventura will anchor the Royals' rotation in 2015. He's slated to start the Opening Day matchup against the White Sox on Monday at Kauffman Stadium.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.