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Brewers sign slugger Chris Carter to one-year contract

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In between all the Hall of Fame hoopla comes a rather significant signing.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent first baseman Chris Carter. It’ll be worth $2.5 million guaranteed.

Carter was non-tendered by the Astros in early December despite tallying 24 home runs in 2015 and 37 home runs the year before. He is not a good defender, struggles to hit for average, and owns a .312 career on-base percentage, but the 29-year-old’s power stroke should play well at Milwaukee’s Miller Park in 2016.

Carter could become attractive midseason trade bait for the rebuilding Brew Crew if he gets off to a hot start at the plate and is competent with the glove at first.

171 of his starts in Houston were at DH.

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.