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Yankees plan to meet with Manny Machado

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LAS VEGAS — Jon Heyman says that the Yankees plan to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

I know the Yankees have talked a frugal game so far this offseason, but they seem to make too much sense for one another for them to not at least talk. New York will need a shortstop for a good chunk of the season and they will need a third baseman longer term. Machado fits both of those bills and, even if he wants to play short, the money will ultimately talk and the Yankees have a load of it.

The Phillies and the White Sox of all teams have expressed the most interest in making the big splash signing Machado would occasion, but there is no team more capable of making a bigger splash than the Yankees. Let’s see if they jump into the water.

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.