Kansas City Royals Sign 1st Baseman Carlos Santana


The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent first baseman Carlos Santana. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Santana, 34, had eight home runs and 30 RBI with the Cleveland Indians in 2020 while starting all 60 games at first base, and led the American League with 47 walks. In 2019, he was named an All-Star and Silver Slugger at first base for the first time in his career, after setting career highs in batting average (.281), slugging percentage (.515), OPS (.911), runs (110), hits (161), home runs (34, tied) and RBI (93).

The switch-hitting Santana has spent 10 of his 11 Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians, and is among the organization’s all-time leaders in walks (2nd, 881), home runs (216, tied for 5th) and doubles (273, 10th). Since making his debut in 2010, Santana ranks second in the Majors with 991 walks, trailing only Joey Votto (1,083). He also ranks fifth in the Majors with 1,495 games played during that span. Among switch hitters since 2010, Santana leads the Majors in home runs (240), runs (799), extra-base hits (557) and RBI (796).

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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