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Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on waivers

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The Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo on waivers on Saturday, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. Castillo is owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons plus $13.5 million in 2020 if he doesn’t opt out, according to Cot’s Contracts. Any team that claims Castillo would be responsible for the balance. That makes it quite likely he passes through waivers unclaimed.

Castillo, 28, was recently promoted to the majors from Triple-A Pawtucket, but he continued to struggle, striking out three times in four plate appearances. That brings his career major league triple-slash line to .262/.301/.379 in 337 PA. Castillo’s performance at Triple-A this season wasn’t any better, as he was batting .245/.304/.320.

The Sox signed Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014 after he defected from Cuba. It has unfortunately not worked out.

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.