Ryan Lavarnway has been let go by four teams since late November

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The Orioles made their deal with Delmon Young official, formally announcing their one-year, $2.25 million contract with their DH/OF. He can earn an additional $750,000 through incentives

To make room for Young on the roster, the O’s designated catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. So far, this is Lavarnway’s offseason:

  • DFA’d by the Red Sox in late November;
  • Claimed by Dodgers in early December;
  • DFA’d by the Dodgers about a week later;
  • Claimed by the Cubs around December 19;
  • Waived by the Cubs around December 23;
  • Claimed by the Orioles as soon as the Cubs waived him;
  • DFA’d by the Orioles today.

I assume he’ll be on a team when spring training starts. But he is quickly running out of teams.

 

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.