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Volquez signs contract with Kansas City Royals

Edinson Volquez watched the Kansas City Royals make their surprising run to the World Series this past autumn and thought to himself, “Maybe I want to be a part of things there.’’

On Monday, he took the biggest step toward doing just that.

Volquez finalized a $20 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2017 season that was announced during a brief news conference at Kauffman Stadium.

The right-handed Volquez, coming off one of the best seasons of his career with Pittsburgh, will make $7.5 million this season and $9.5 million next season. The option year would be worth $10 million and carries with it a $3 million buyout.

“I want to be here and help the team win some games, the way they did last year,’’ Volquez told reporters.

“We did in Pittsburgh, too, but Kansas City went a little bit farther. They almost won the World Series. Why not do it here?’’

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