Chris Carter non-tendered by the Astros

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This wasn’t a huge surprise: the Houston Astros non-tendered Chris Carter before last night’s midnight deadline, making him a free agent.

Carter is a one-dimensional first baseman who, to be honest, should probably be a DH. In 2015 he hit .a paltry .199 with a .307 OBP. His 24 homers and 17 doubles gave him a .427 slugging percentage and he drove in 64, but that doesn’t really justify the $4,175,000 he made and certainly wouldn’t support the even modest raise he’d expect to get in arbitration.

With first baseman Jon Singleton in the fold and prospects A.J. Reed and Matt Duffy in the system, Carter doesn’t really have a place in Houston.

 

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.