The Dodgers formally announce their signing of Brett Anderson

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It was first reported that Brett Anderson was signing with the Dodgers on December 15. I don’t know what everyone’s been doing for the past 16 days — my guess: working on Anderson’s road trip rider, which specifies which bottled waters and hand lotions he demands — but they have finally gotten around to finalizing the deal:

Arruebarrena played 22 games at short for the Dodgers as well as at four different minor league levels in 2014. That’s some moving around. Unfortunately, he didn’t play well at any of those five levels and now he’s on the way out. This after they signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract out of Cuba. The guy who signed him — Ned Colletti — still works in the Dodgers front office. That’s gotta be awkward for him. I feel like Andrew Friedman has had a few conversations with The Bobs about “fixing the glitch” with Colletti’s salary. Maybe moving his office and taking his stapler too.

As for Anderson, it’s a $10 million deal plus $4 million in potential incentives. He [presses the keys which store the “Brett Anderson Macro”] has long been one of the most promising lefties in the game and has pitched well when he’s pitched but has struggled to keep healthy. If he is healthy in 2015, the Dodgers will have a front-end quality starter at the back end of their rotation, which is a nice little trick.

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.