Indians interested in Chris Carter and Pedro Alvarez

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Yesterday’s non-tenders included a pair of relative big names with huge power in Chris Carter of the Astros and Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates, and now that they’re both free agents Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in signing them.

They bat from different sides of the plate and Alvarez has slightly more defensive versatility in that he’s played third base (very poorly), but beyond that Carter and Alvarez profile similarly as low-average, high-strikeout power hitters.

Hoynes notes that the Indians haven’t used a full-time designated hitter for several years, but could offer everyday playing time to Carter or Alvarez without exposing them to the field. In other words: Just hit and add some pop to Cleveland’s lineup.

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.