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Royals Agree To Terms With Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns For 2018

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The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Nate Karns on contracts for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration with both players. Per club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Herrera, a 28-year-old hurler from Tenares in the Dominican Republic, served as the Royals’ closer for most of the 2017 season, going 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 26 saves in 31 opportunities. After suffering a blown save on April 9, he converted 26 of his next 28 chances (92.9 percent), the best percentage in the American League during that stretch (April 13-August 16). Herrera also ranked eighth among AL relievers with a 1.78 ERA (5 ER in 25.1 IP) in his 27 road outings.

Karns, a 30-year-old pitcher from Arlington, Texas, went 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA in eight starts and nine appearances last season, his first with Kansas City. He posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER in 17.0 IP) and held opponents to a .159 average (10-for-63) in three starts at Kauffman Stadium. On May 13, Karns fanned a career-high 12 hitters in a start against the Orioles, while over his final five starts of the season, he fanned 37 and walked just four.

Following today’s transactions, the Royals have just one arbitration-eligible player — right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer — who remains unsigned for the 2018 season.

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Derek Nester
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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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