Royals Sign Pitcher Jason Hammel To A Two-Year Deal


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The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have signed right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel to a two-year free agent contract, with a mutual option for the 2019 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hammel, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, going 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts last season, posting 144 strikeouts in 166.2 innings. His 15 wins were a career high, while he ranked sixth in the National League with a 2.42 ERA at home. He allowed one run or less in 13 of his 30 starts, while he surrendered three runs or less in 23 of his 30 outings. Hammel also posted the third-fewest pitches per start (87.4) in the National League, throwing 100 pitches on seven occasions, with the Cubs winning all seven of those games. Over the last two seasons with Chicago, his 25 victories are tied for 11th in the NL.

The right-handed pitcher is entering his 12th Major League season, going 84-87 with two complete games, one shutout and a 4.42 ERA in 306 career appearances (248 starts). He’s made 20 or more starts in eight-straight Major League campaigns (2009-16), while he’s topped 30 starts in each of the last two seasons. Among active big league pitchers, Hammel ranks 41st in wins, 33rd in starts (248), 34th in innings (1,503.0) and 41st in strikeouts (1,191).

Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 10th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Hammel resides in Chicago, with his wife, Elissa, and sons, Beckett and Colby.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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