Yovani Gallardo trade to the Rangers finalized


SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that pitcher Yovani Gallardo has been informed he has been traded to the Rangers. News of the trade was initially reported Monday morningPer Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Brewers will receive infield prospect Luis Sardinas, pitcher Corey Knebel, and pitcher Marcos Diplan. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez adds that the Brewers are sending cash to the Rangers as well.

Sardinas, 21, made his major league debut last season, batting .261/.303/.313 over 125 plate appearances while racking up playing time at second base, third base, and shortstop. He was one of baseball’s top 100 prospects going into the last two seasons according to both MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.

Knebel, 23, also made his major league debut last season, posting a 6.23 ERA over 8 2/3 innings for the Tigers. The right-hander joined the Rangers along with minor leaguer Jake Thompson in July in the Joakim Soria trade.

Diplan, 18, made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League last year, posting a 1.54 ERA with a 57/36 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.

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.