Brandon Moss, Allen Craig on Marlins’ first base radar

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Yesterday, we learned that the Marlins were considering Evan Gattis and Chris Davis as trade options for an upgrade at first base. You can add Brandon Moss of the Athletics to the list, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, as well as Allen Craig of the Red Sox (via Clark Herald of the Miami Herald).

The Marlins got below-average production out of Garrett Jones this past season, as he batted .246/.309/.411 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI in 547 plate appearances. The average slash line for a first baseman in the National League was .257/.330/.430.

With the Athletics having added Ike Davis and Billy Butler already, Moss has become expendable despite another productive year in Oakland. He hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI.

Craig joined the Red Sox at the trade deadline along with Joe Kelly in the trade that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals. He had a miserable year, posting an aggregate .215/.279/.315 line with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 505 plate appearances.

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.