Scott Schoeneweis' wife died of a drug overdose

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Gabrielle Schoeneweis, the wife of Diamondbacks’ pitcher Scott Schoeneweis, was found dead in the couple’s home on May 20. Schoeneweis had instituted legal action to prevent the autopsy report from being released. It’s now been released, however, and given what it shows, his desire to not have it out in the public is understandable:

[Schoeneweis’] wife died
from an overdose of cocaine and an anesthetic, lidocaine, an appellate court
disclosed in a ruling released Tuesday. The ruling also said an investigation revealed evidence that Gabrielle
Schoeneweis’ cocaine use “may have caused harm to another person.” That person
was not identified.

Ms. Schoeneweis was home with her four children, ages 14, 7, 5, and 2 at the time of her death. It’s possible that the “harm to another person” could refer to one of the children, making what was already an awful situation truly dreadful.

Royals sign Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal

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Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan adds that Saunders will make $1.5 million upon reaching the majors, with a potential $500,000 in bonuses.

After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.

With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.