Delmon Young would prefer to re-sign with the Orioles

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Orioles executives vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this month that he would like to bring back free agent Delmon Young. Young’s agent, Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group, told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com today that the feeling is mutual:

Asked whether he had a sense when Young could decide, Wolfe replied, “I don’t know. We’re not there yet. There’s still a lot of ground to cover. Delmon’s got options, but obviously his preference is to come back to Baltimore.”

Wolfe met with the Orioles during last week’s Winter Meetings, but nothing appears to be imminent. At issue could be that Young is looking for a multi-year deal. The Orioles preferred a one-year deal at the start of the offseason, but Kubatko speculates that they could be willing to include an option. Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis signed elsewhere and there aren’t many attractive options left in free agency, so that might be a decent compromise for both sides.

Young, 29, batted .302 with seven home runs and .779 OPS (120 OPS+) over 255 plate appearances this past 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.