Jose Reyes was dealt from the hard-charging Blue Jays to the basement-dwelling Rockies a few days before the July 31 trade deadline. The 32-year-old shortstop is batting just .271 with a .684 OPS over his first 92 plate appearances with Colorado and the Rockies are 5-16 in the 21 games he has appeared in since arriving. Bad vibes. Bad vibes all around.
Reyes did a bit of venting after the Rockies’ ugly 14-9 loss to the Mets — the team Reyes started his career with — on Saturday night at Coors Field. Via beat writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post …
“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped him out of Toronto. The Blue Jays, with [Troy] Tulowitzki, have surged into a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.
“I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”
Reyes has cleared waivers, so the Rockies can dangle him in trade talks until the August 31 deadline. He is owed $22 million in 2016 and 2017 and holds a $22 million club option (or $4 million buyout) for 2018.
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.