Dodgers sign Brandon Beachy


UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal is worth $2.75 million guaranteed.

12:35 p.m. ET: According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have signed right-hander Brandon Beachy to a one-year, major league contract with a club option for 2016. No word yet on the exact terms involved.

Beachy has made just five appearances at the major league level since June of 2012 and is currently working his way back from the second Tommy John surgery of his career. He’s likely to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues his rehab, but the Dodgers believe that he could be a factor at some point later this year and beyond. Rosenthal notes that one of the reasons Beachy was attracted to the Dodgers is because his surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache is based in Los Angeles.

Beachy won’t be 29 until September and owns a 3.23 ERA across 46 starts in the majors, so it’s easy to see why the Dodgers were willing to take a chance on him. They can afford to throw money at situations like this, like we saw earlier this winter with Brett Anderson.

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.