Astros showing interest in David Robertson

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The Astros, in the market for a closer, have spoken to the agent of free agent closer David Robertson, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. Robertson is asking for “Jonathan Papelbon money” — somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million.

Recently, the Astros were reported as having interest in several of the top free agent closers, including Robertson, Andrew Miller, and Sergio Romo.

Robertson, taking over the closer’s role from Mariano Rivera this past season, saved 39 ballgames with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings. While the Yankees would like to see him return, his asking price may prove too steep and the Yankees may feel comfortable enough handing the reins to Dellin Betances.

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.