Royals Acquire Pitcher Amir Garrett From Reds For Pitcher Mike Minor


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SURPRISE, Ariz.—The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett from the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed pitcher Mike Minor and a conditional cash consideration.

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Garrett, 29, went 0-4 last season in Cincinnati with a career-best seven saves, a 6.04 ERA (32 ER in 47.2 IP) and 61 strikeouts (11.5 K/9), leading the Reds with 63 relief appearances. In 90 appearances from 2019-20, he went 6-3 with a 3.03 ERA (25 ER in 74.1 IP) and 104 strikeouts (12.6 K/9). His strikeout rate during those two years ranked sixth among National League pitchers (min. 70.0 IP).

In 2020, Garrett was named the Joe Nuxhall Good Guy Award in voting of the local chapter of the BBWAA. In five big league seasons, Garrett is 10-17 with a 5.10 ERA (145 ER in 255.2 IP) and 299 strikeouts (10.5 K/9). After starting 14 of his 16 outings as a rookie in 2017, all 219 of his appearances since 2018 have come in relief.

Minor, 34, went 8-12 with a 5.50 ERA (89 ER in 158.2 IP) across 28 starts with Kansas City last year.

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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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