Perhaps the Royals and Danny Duffy thought Kansas City sports fans could use some good news.
The team announced a $65-million, five-year contract with the popular left-hander on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the Royals through the 2021 season. Duffy was eligible for arbitration and could have become a free agent after the upcoming season.
Instead, he will earn $5 million this year before a bump to $14 million in 2018. He will make $15.25 million each in 2019 and 2020 and $15.5 million in the final year of the deal.
“Danny has been great. He has one of the best arms in all of baseball,” Royals General Manager Dayton...