Pirates News - Spring Training Notebook: Pirates start spring training games Saturday, Keller extension announced

Baseball is officially back as the Pittsburgh Pirates will play their first spring training game on Saturday while Mitch Keller's extension was officially announced.
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As the Pirates prepare for their spring training opener on Saturday, the club officially announced Mitch Keller's contract extension on Friday

The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to begin their spring training schedule on Saturday, making
Friday an uneventful day in Bradenton. Notably, one day after it was reported that the Pirates had come to an extension with right handed starter Mitch Keller, the club officially announced the deal while holding a press conference.

"I couldn't be more excited to be here with the Pirates, it's all I've ever known," Keller said during the press conference. "Just joining Ke'Bryan and Bryan Reynolds, just super excited with the group that we have and the future that's to come," he added. "It's a really exciting time to be a Pirate, I couldn't be more thrilled."

With his new five-year, $77 million deal, the Pirates have locked Keller up through the 2028 season.