Indians showing interest in Dayan Viciedo

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Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are showing interest in free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

Viciedo, 26 in March, would have to accept a part-time role if he were to sign with the Indians, as the outfield is already set with Michael Brantley in left field, Michael Bourn in center, and David Murphy in right field. The Indians are searching for right-handed power.

Viciedo has hit a total of 60 home runs over the last three seasons, but aside from power, he doesn’t provide much else. He doesn’t hit for average or draw walks, nor does he play even adequate defense in the outfield.

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.