Rockies would like to bring back Brett Anderson

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Though the Rockies declined their $12 million club option on Brett Anderson Saturday afternoon, the club would still like to bring the lefty back, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports. They’ll pay him a $1.5 million buyout as Anderson is now a free agent.

In the scant time Anderson was able to take the hill, he pitched well, finishing with a 2.91 ERA with a 29/13 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings across eight starts. However, Anderson suffered a fractured finger in mid-April, which required surgery and kept him out until the All-Star break. In early August, he was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back. That, too, required surgery.

Anderson has not pitched a full season since 2009. As a result, any interested team would be taking on a significant injury risk by signing Anderson, but the injury history also depresses his value, making him an obvious buy-low target.

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.