Royals have begun discussing a contract extension with Danny Duffy

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals have begun discussing a contract extension with starter Danny Duffy. Duffy is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $4.225 million in 2016.

Duffy, 27, had another solid year. He started the season in the bullpen and made 16 relief appearances before moving into the starting rotation. As a starter, he posted a 3.56 ERA with a 167/37 K/BB ratio in 161 2/3 innings. Duffy set career bests with a 25.7 percent strikeout rate and a 5.8 percent walk rate as well.

Duffy is interested in wearing a Royals uniform beyond the 2017 season, saying, “I want to stay with the Royals long term. One hundred percent. For sure. You can quote me on that.”