Royals Sign Mike Montgomery; Non-Tender Four Players

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KANSAS CITY, MO (December 2, 2019) – The Kansas City Royals announced tonight that the club has signed left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Royals also announced that they will not tender Major League contracts to infielders Humberto Arteaga, Cheslor Cuthbert and Erick Mejia and right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn.

Montgomery, 30, was acquired by the Royals on July 15 from the Chicago Cubs and made 13 starts over the final two-plus months of the season. The lefty, who was selected by KC in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, went 2-7 with a 4.64 ERA (33 ER in 64.0 IP) with the Royals, after making 20 relief appearances with the Cubs in 2019.

Arteaga, 25, made his big league debut on June 20 and played in 41 games with the Club in 2019, batting .197 with four doubles and 11 runs scored. He made 31 of his 33 starts with KC at shortstop, with the other two coming at second base.

Cuthbert, 27, was selected from Omaha (AAA) on May 31 and appeared in 87 games with the Royals over the final four months of the year. He batted .246 with 14 doubles, nine homers and 40 RBI, seeing time at both first base and third base.

Hahn, 30, returned to the Majors after a two-plus year absence, recovering from UCL repair surgery. He made his first appearance with KC on September 5 vs. Detroit and pitched in six games out of the Royals’ bullpen after spending a majority of the year on the 60-day Injured List.

Mejia, 25, was the 2019 Omaha Player of the Year, batting .271 with 22 doubles, six triples, seven homers and 83 runs scored. He made his big league debut on September 5 and played in nine games with the Royals, batting .227 with a double and four RBI.

Following tonight’s transactions, the Royals have 36 players on their Major League Reserve List.

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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.