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KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 1: Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on June 1, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pitcher Danny Duffy and the Kansas City Royals have reached a five-year deal the club announced Monday.

The deal will begin in 2017 and run through the 2021 season.

The Royals did not release the amount of the deal, but MLB columnist reports the deal was for $65-million.

Duffy, 27, set career highs in wins (12), starts (26), innings pitched (179.2) and strikeouts (188) in 2016, while also leading Royals starting pitchers in ERA (3.51). The Royals were 17-9 (.654) in his 26 starts. His 12-3 record (.800) matched Larry Gura in 1978 for the best single-season winning percentage in Royals history (min. 15 decisions).

He won 10 straight decisions from June 11 to Aug. 21 of last season, one shy of the franchise record shared by Rich Gale (1980) and Paul Splittorff (1977-78). On August 1 at Tampa Bay, Duffy set a franchise record with 16 strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit until the first batter of the eighth inning, finishing with 8.0 scoreless innings. In doing so, he joined Randy Johnson as the only left-handed pitchers since 1913 to record at least 16 strikeouts and allow one-or-fewer hit.

Duffy held left-handed batters to a .183 average (20-for-109) in 2016, fourth best in the American League (min. 100 batters faced), and allowed just three extra-base hits to lefties all season. His career .208 opponents’ average vs. lefties ranks 10th in the American League since his debut in 2011.

Duffy’s 2016 season included a 7-0 mark at home. He hasn’t lost at Kauffman Stadium since Sept. 5, 2015, setting a new club record for consecutive home starts without a loss at 15.

A third-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Duffy made his Major League debut with the Royals in 2011. In six Major League seasons, he is 36-33 with a 3.71 ERA over 134 appearances (106 starts). Duffy went 1-0 with nine strikeouts in six appearances during the 2015 postseason, including three World Series outings.