Marlins finalize seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with Christian Yelich

17 Comments

It was reported last week that the Marlins had reached agreement on a long-term contact extension with young outfielder Christian Yelich and now the deal has been made official.

It’s a seven-year pact that carries $49.57 million in guaranteed money. It also includes a $15 million club option for a possible eighth season. MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro has the breakdown

2015: $570,000
2016: $1 million
2017: $3.5 million
2018: $7 million
2019: $9.75 million
2020: $12.5 million
2021: $14 million
2022: $15 million option ($1.25 million buyout)

That looks like a very-team friendly contract for a 23-year-old rising star like Yelich, but it’s the second-largest sum of guaranteed money ever handed out a player with less than two years of major league service time. Andrelton Simmons’ seven-year, $58 million pact with the Braves is still the richest.

Yelich batted .284/.362/.402 with nine home runs and 21 stolen bases in 144 games last season for the Marlins. He also won a Gold Glove Award for his stellar defensive play in left field.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

AP Photo
4 Comments

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.