Brewers “making push” to sign Mark Reynolds

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are “making a push” to sign free agent Mark Reynolds, who is said to be “leaning toward” signing with them. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that a deal is close.

It was reported earlier this week that the Nationals had expressed interest in Reynolds, but he’d be a backup there with Ryan Zimmerman at third base and Adam LaRoche at first. Milwaukee is a much better situation, as the club has an opening at first base after watching Corey Hart sign with the Mariners. The Brewers have expressed interest in other free agents (James Loney) and trade possibilities (Logan Morrison, Ike Davis) this winter, but they haven’t gone anywhere.

Reynolds, 30, hit .220 with 21 homers and a .699 OPS in 135 games last season between the Yankees and Indians.

UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that it will be a minor league deal.

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.