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Royals re-sign Alcides Escobar

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While you contemplate which Milwaukee Brewer shirt to buy for the upcoming season — and you should pick up the Brewers as your secondary rooting interest given that they, unlike almost every other team, are trying to improve themselves — I pass along some news of another club just sort of spinning its wheels.

Robert Murray of FanRag says that a deal is done between the Royals and Alcides Escobar, pending a physical.

This is the same Escobar who has hit .256/.286/.343 over the last three seasons in Kansas City. He can still pick it and is as durable as all get-out, but one wonders why they wouldn’t just give the shortstop job to Raul Mondesi Jr., who hit .305/.340/.539 at Triple-A last year and look to the future.

What do I know? I think teams should sign and play good players.

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.