Brewers now interested in bringing back Francisco Rodriguez


Now that the idea of trading for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is “on life support“, the Brewers are turning their attention elsewhere, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has spoken with Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras.

Rodriguez, 33, had a bounce-back year for the Brewers in 2014, posting a 3.04 ERA with 44 saves and a 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He had signed with the Brewers in February 2014 on a one-year, $3.25 million deal. Boras will likely be able to use Rodriguez’s success last season to leverage a few more million out of the Brewers this time around, but he will still likely be cheaper than Papelbon, even with the Phillies throwing in money.

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.