"It's not like I have been pitching that great," Kennedy said in August. "You build in those options in case you pitch great the whole year and then you're in a situation where you can make a decision."
Kennedy joined the Royals on a five-year, $70 million contract he signed in January 2016. Prior to that, he pitched for the Yankees, D-backs and Padres.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.