Royals Sign Pitcher Brad Boxberger To One-Year Contract


Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Brad Boxberger to a one-year contract. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Boxberger, 30, recorded 32 saves with Arizona last season, fourth most in the National League. He struck out 71 batters in just 53.1 innings to mark the 10th best K/9 (11.98) among NL relievers. His combination of 32 saves and 11.98 K/9 was unmatched in the National League, and was achieved by only four others who pitched in the American League: Edwin Diaz, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman and Brad Hand.

His 60 appearances last season were his most since 2015, when he pitched in a career-high 69 games and led the American League with a career-high 41 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays. He was selected to his only All-Star Game that season by American League manager Ned Yost, but did not pitch in the game.

In seven Major League seasons, Boxberger (who will wear No. 26 with Kansas City) is 20-27 with 76 saves, a 3.42 ERA (108 ER in 284.1 IP) and 368 strikeouts (11.65 K/9). He was originally drafted in the 20th round out of high school by Kansas City in 2006, but chose to attend the University of Southern California. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a first-round pick (43rd overall) three years later. Boxberger has been traded three times since, including to San Diego in 2011 with former Royal Edinson Volquez, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal for Mat Latos. Prior to the 2014 season, he was traded to Tampa Bay in a seven-player deal that sent current Royals pitcher Jesse Hahn to San Diego.

Kansas City’s Major League Reserve List is now at 40 players.

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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