Report: Brewers, Rangers have deal in principle for Yovani Gallardo

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On Sunday evening, we learned that the Rangers were “close to acquiring starter Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers. Joel Sherman of the New York Post is now reporting that the two clubs have a deal in principle for the right-hander. The trade is currently in medical review.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports speculated that infield prospect Luis Sardinas could be involved in the Gallardo deal, as the Rangers had offered him in several trades earlier in the off-season.

Gallardo, 29 in February, had his $13 million club option for 2015 exercised by the Brewers at the end of October. He can become a free agent after the season. Gallardo posted a 3.51 ERA and a 146/54 K/BB ratio in 192 1/3 innings last season, a nice bounce-back effort from a tough 2013 campaign. His strikeout rate, however, has fallen below 19 percent after ranging from 23 to nearly 26 percent between 2009-12.

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.