Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

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After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez.

Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy and has always destroyed left-handed pitching. He’s a career .325 hitter with a .954 OPS versus southpaws, including .347 with a .956 OPS off them during the past three seasons.

Early in the offseason the Red Sox were viewed as a possible destination for Jayson Werth before he signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. Ordonez is six years older, far less durable, and much worse defensively than Werth, but offers comparable production offensively at a fraction of the price.

In the past three years Werth has hit .279 with an .889 OPS, while Ordonez has hit .311 with an .843 OPS.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.