Royals Agree To Terms With 16 Players On Contracts For 2018

KANSAS CITY – The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2018 Major League contracts with pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Brian Flynn, Sam Gaviglio, Jesse Hahn, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Brad Keller, Andres Machado, Kevin McCarthy, Burch Smith, Eric Stout and Kyle Zimmer; catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Samir Dueñez, Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Of the players signed today, nine of them – Dozier, Flynn, Gaviglio, Hahn, Junis, Machado, McCarthy, Merrifield and Smith – have Major League service time.

The Royals have 11 players who remain unsigned for the 2018 season: pitchers Miguel Almonte, Trevor Oaks and Eric Skoglund; catcher Cam Gallagher; infielders Cheslor Cuthbert, Raúl Mondesi and Ramón Torres and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Billy Burns, Paulo Orlando and Bubba Starling.

Kansas City Royals Baseball can be heard on 106.7 KQNK-FM & 1530 KQNK-AM in Norton. Catch the broadcast schedule online at Coverage begins March 29th.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 90 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.