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Jeremy Guthrie signs 3-year contract with Royals

The Royals are keeping Jeremy Guthrie for another three years after trading for him in July.

Ed Zurga

The Kansas City Royals re-signed free agent starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie on Thursday, keeping him in a starting rotation that previously added Ervin Santana earlier in the offseason. The deal is for $25 million over three years, according to Kansas City Star beat writer Bob Dutton on Twitter.

The Royals' Twitter feed announced the signing Tuesday, and Guthrie himself tweeted his excitement for the new deal and thanked KC fans. Dutton reports that $5 million will come in 2013, with $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.

The 33-year-old Guthrie pitched well for the Royals in 2012 after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies in July for Jonathan Sanchez. He posted a 3.16 ERA in 14 games with a 2.95 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Royals after struggling to a 6.35 ERA in 19 games for the Rockies. Guthrie has also pitched for Cleveland and Baltimore in his 9-year Major League career.