Mariners interested in veteran reliever Jason Frasor

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Via Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune

The need for another reliable right-handed setup reliever has the Seattle Mariners taking a hard look at veteran Jason Frasor, who chose to become a free agent earlier this month after clearing waivers.

Frasor was designated for assignment by Kansas City on July 6 and then released one week later after going without a claim or a trade. He had a shiny 1.54 ERA in 23 1/3 innings this season out of the Royals’ bullpen, though that came with a rough 18/15 K/BB ratio and 1.67 WHIP. Frasor turns 38 years old in early August.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation’s MLB Daily Dish says the Rangers are also a potential fit.

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.