Dodgers send Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, Miguel Rojas to Miami for Andrew Heaney and three others

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UPDATE: The Dodgers have now flipped Heaney to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. The full writeup is here.

10:32 PM: MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro says shortstop Miguel Rojas is also headed to Miami. And the Marlins will receive compensation if Dan Haren (who’s owed $10 million in 2015) decides to retire. Haren has said that he won’t pitch for a team from outside Los Angeles due to family reasons.

7:25 PM: The deal is done, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that it’s Dee Gordon and Dan Haren from the Dodgers to the Marlins in exchange for Andrew Heaney, Kiké Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher.

Whew.

Now, yes, Dan Haren may follow through on his promise to retire, and if he does and the Marlins don’t get him to eat some innings, you have to figure some contingency is built in requiring the Dodgers to send more back Miami’s way. But we do know Gordon is going to Miami.

To the Dodgers: Heaney, who is a strong pitching prospect. Kiké Hernandez, a 23 year-old who played every position except catcher and first base last season between Houston and Miami and posted a 107 OPS+ in the process. Barnes, a catcher who played at high-A and Double-A last season and who has hit everywhere he’s played. And finally Chris Hatcher, who is at least a serviceable reliever.

Obviously there may be more involved here if Haren retires, but even if he doesn’t or even, in the event he does, the Dodgers send more, this seems like a deal strongly in the Dodgers favor.

6:50 PM: This is crazy. Andy Martino is saying the deal is done and that Dan Haren is being thrown in the deal with Dee Gordon in exchange for Andrew Heaney. Which is kind of nuts because Dan Haren is on record saying that he’ll retire if he can’t play in Los Angeles.

Is this the Dodgers hoping that Haren follows through and his salary comes off their books? What if he calls their bluff, though, and Miami is stuck with him? That makes what is already a questionable trade — a pretty spiffy pitching prospect for a guy who probably just had his career year — into an awful one, as the Fish would get an overpriced and probably malcontented pitcher staying active on a grudge.

I feel like there is more to come with this one, folks.

6:31 PM: This is interesting:

Gordon is coming off an All-Star year in which he stole 64 bases and hit 12 triples and had an OPS+ that was league average. Which, for him anyway, was perhaps a bit more than can reasonably be expected going forward . The Dodgers are likely thinking that anyway, and are perhaps selling high.

And the return is not a bad one: Heaney struggled in seven major league appearances, but he’s not yet 24, was rated the #29 overall prospect by MLB.com and #30 by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus entering the 2014 season.

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.