The Orioles have watched both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis sign with other teams this week, but it’s not all bad news. According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said tonight that he has had dialogue with Delmon Young and would like to bring him back.
Sarcasm aside, Young is coming off a nice year as a part-time player where he batted .302 with seven home runs and .779 OPS (120 OPS+) over 255 plate appearances. He’s reportedly hoping to land a two-year contract, but it’s unclear whether Baltimore is willing to go there.
While the losses of Cruz and Markakis have been tough blows to the fanbase, Duquette said the Orioles still have money to spend and that he hopes to upgrade the team’s outfield depth and bullpen.
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.