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Edinson Volquez

Royals and Ian Kennedy finalize $70 million, 5-year contract

Ian Kennedy remembers watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in five games to win the World Series and marveling at a dynamic defense that seemed to never make a mistake.

Then he considered what was behind him in San Diego.

"Our defense was really bad," Kennedy said with a smile.

So when he became a free agent after the season, Kennedy jumped at the prospect of signing with the Royals. He would be pitching in spacious Kauffman Stadium to standout catcher Salvador Perez, and have a fielding corps behind him that features a slew of Gold Glove winners.

"I've always wanted to play with guys like that, and good teams I've played...