Even after re-signing outfielder Alex Gordon, the usually frugal Royals took another shotin thefree agency market and Lou Gehrig Jersey
signed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy.According to MLB Network, the sides agreedon a five-year, $70 million contact. Fox Sports reports the dealincludes an opt-out after two seasons.MORE: Eight MLB stars who could get traded in 2016 | Former players besides Bonilla still getting paid by MLB teamsKennedy, 31, went9-15 with a4.28 ERA, 1.295WHIP,174 Don Mattingly Jersey
:52 K:BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings in his third season with the Padres.However, his9.3 K:9 ratio wassecond only to David Priceamong free agents. He was also hit with a high.310 BABIP. Kennedyhas the potential to throw over 200 innings in a season, helping keeping the shut-down bullpen in Kansas City rested for another World Series run.E sentially Johnny Cuetos replacement, Bernie Williams Jersey
Kennedy will likelyslide into the No. 3 spot in the rotation behindEdinson Volquezand Yordano Ventura for the defending World Series champions.Kennedy broke out in 2011 with the Diamondbacks, finishing fourth in Cy Young voting after a 21-4 season with a 2.88 ERA, which wasimpre sive considering Chase Field is ahitter's ballpark. Over his past three seasons with the Padres,Kennedy was 26-30 with a 3.97 ERA.