Athletics win arbitration hearing against Jarrod Parker

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Athletics won their arbitration hearing against right-hander Jarrod Parker.

Parker, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, will make $850,000 in 2015. He requested a $1.7 million salary and was offered $850,000 by the Athletics when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The three-person arbitration panel selects one salary or the other. They ultimately sided with Oakland in this case.

Parker, 26, missed the entire 2014 season after undergoing the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He’s a little over 10 months removed from surgery right now and likely won’t be ready to contribute at the major league level until around midseason.

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.