Giants acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins

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Update #2 (10:03 PM EST): Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins are receiving minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo from the Giants in exchange for McGehee.

Update (7:15 PM EST): Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY confirms that McGehee is indeed headed to San Francisco. It’s unclear at the moment exactly who the Marlins are receiving in return.

The Marlins added yet another infielder on Friday afternoon, acquiring Martin Prado along with David Phelps in a trade with the Yankees. Having also inserted Dee Gordon and Michael Morse into the mix, the Fish now have a surplus of infielders, including third baseman Casey McGehee.

The Giants, now without Pablo Sandoval and having missed out on Chase Headley, are in want of a passable major leaguer to man the hot corner. Rodriguez hears that the Giants and Marlins are closing in on a trade involving McGehee that would send minor league pitching to Miami.

McGehee, 32, hit .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI during the 2014 season. By traditional metrics, McGehee was among the more productive hitters during the first half of last season, carrying a .321 average and 53 RBI into the All-Star break. However, McGehee’s power — once responsible for a 23-homer output in 2010 — was nonexistent and fell well below the average for third basemen.

Then again, McGehee has a pulse and can navigate his way to third base, so that means he’s in play for the Giants.

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.