Grady Sizemore signs with the Rays

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Released by the Phillies two weeks ago, veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore has signed a minor-league deal with the Rays.

Sizemore has been healthy recently after injuries repeatedly derailed his career with the Indians, but unfortunately he no longer looks capable of providing much value as a regular.

Sizemore hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2011 and hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2009, hitting a combined .228 with 15 homers and a .648 OPS from 2009-2015.

It’s possible he’ll re-emerge as a bench player, but presumably the Rays will make him put together a strong stretch at Triple-A before considering a call-up for the 32-year-old former three-time All-Star.

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.