Max Scherzer has a seven-year deal with the Nationals

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Update #2 (12:43 AM ET): Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for more than $180 million.

Update (12:20 AM ET): William Ladson of MLB.com confirms the deal.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Nationals have a seven-year in place with starter Max Scherzer. The amount of the deal is not yet known, though it’s likely to be north of the $144 million, six-year offer (and the $24 million average annual value) he rejected from the Tigers in the spring. It was reported earlier that the Nationals were one of two teams in talks with the right-hander.

With Scherzer in the mix, the Nationals may explore trading either Jordan Zimmermann or Stephen Strasburg according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Scherzer, 30, has been one of baseball’s best starters over the past two seasons, owning a 39-8 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 492/119 K/BB ratio over 434 2/3 innings. He led the league in wins and made the American League All-Star team in both years and earned the 2013 AL Cy Young award.

As MLB Pipeline points out on Twitter, the Nationals are forfeiting pick #27 in the 2015 draft with the signing of Scherzer. The Tigers gain pick #35.

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.