Michael Saunders has a new agent

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Michael Saunders has new representation with Meister Sports Management, Brandon Meister announced on Twitter.

A player switching representation isn’t normally newsworthy, but in Saunders’ case, it is. Last month, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik publicly criticized Saunders for missing so much time during the 2014 season due to injuries (an inflamed A/C joint in his right shoulder and a strained left oblique). That didn’t sit well with Saunders’ former agent, Mike McCann, who returned the salvo.

The whole situation appeared to be headed towards a divorce between the Mariners and Saunders. Instead, Saunders procured a new agent. Previous reports indicated that the Mariners were going to heavily shop Saunders, but this could be a sign that Saunders could stick around in Seattle.

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.