The Mets have John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks on their radar

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We saw 41 players hit free agency this week after they were non-tendered by their former teams. Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have two of them, John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks, on their radar.

Both players would fit with several teams in part-time duty or in a bench role. Either could be especially useful for the Mets, as they hit from the right side of the plate and have experience between the outfield and first base. The Mets intend to use Lucas Duda as their everyday first baseman in 2015, but Mayberry or Blanks could offer an alternative against left-handed pitching.

Mayberry batted just .210 with seven homers and a .734 OPS this season between the Phillies and Blue Jays, but he owns an .857 OPS against southpaws during his career. Blanks was limited to just 26 games this past season between the Padres and Athletics due to tendinitis in his left Achilles and has generally had a tough time staying healthy during his career, but he has some serious pop in his bat.

Many have speculated on former Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera as a fit for the Mets, but Carig hears that the club has yet to express any interest.

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.