Royals Acquire Pitcher Trevor Oaks, Infielder Erick Mejia In Three-way Trade


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KANSAS CITY, MO (January 4, 2018) – The Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have completed a three-team, five-player trade this evening, with the Royals acquiring right-handed pitcher Trevor Oaks and infielder Erick Mejia in exchange for left-handed pitcher Scott Alexander, right-handed pitcher Joakim Soria and cash considerations. The Dodgers then acquire infielder Jake Peter from the White Sox in exchange for Soria, left-handed pitcher Luis Avilán and cash considerations.

Oaks, a 24-year-old pitcher from Riverside, Calif., is added to the Royals’ 40-man roster. The right-hander pitched at Oklahoma City (AAA) for most of 2017, going 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA (34 ER in 84.0 IP) over 15 starts (16 appearances). He allowed just 18 walks, compared to 72 strikeouts. Oaks was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 28-June 4, tossing 7.0-shutout innings and homering, in an 11-1 victory at New Orleans on May 29. He was Los Angeles’ seventh-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of California Baptist University and was ranked as the No. 14 prospect in the Dodgers’ organization in 2017 by

Mejia is a 23-year-old infielder from Villa Mela, Dominican Republic. He spent a majority of last season at Tulsa, the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate. In 102 games with the Drillers, the switch-hitting infielder batted .289 with 17 doubles, three triples, seven homers and 25 steals in 29 attempts. His stolen base total ranked third in the Texas League. He also added four steals in four attempts while spending time at Rancho Cucamonga (A) and Oklahoma City (AAA). Mejia was named the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of July 24-30, batting .440 (11-for-25) with two doubles, four homers and seven RBI during that span.

Following today’s trade, the Royals have 39 players on their Major League Reserve List.

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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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