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According to ESPN, right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a five-year, $77 million extension.The contract is pending a satisfactory physical exam. The right-handed pitcher joined the franchise in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

The 27-year-old Keller went 25-38 with a 4.71 ERA through his first 102 MLB appearances, including 100 starts. He went 5-12 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 appearances in 2022.  In 2023, he was 13-9 with a 4.21 ERA over 32 in had his first All-Star selection.

On Thursday, the Pirates also named Keller their opening day starter. Pittsburgh will open the regular season against the Miami Marlins on March 28 in Miami.

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