Details for Corey Kluber’s five-year, $38.5M extension …

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal was first to report that the Indians had reached agreement on a five-year extension with ace starter Corey Kluber and now Rosenthal has the full details of the new deal …

Those escalators will be based on Kluber’s finishes in the American League Cy Young Award balloting. The 28-year-old righty won his first Cy Young in 2014 after posting a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings.

Cleveland has also reached an extension with starter Carlos Carrasco. It too can top out at five years.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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