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Blue Jays sign Ben Revere

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Outfielder Ben Revere has inked a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, Scott Mitchell of TSN Sports said Saturday. Revere is expected to report to extended spring training next week.

This will be Revere’s second stint with the club. The 30-year-old outfielder was traded to Toronto for Phillies right-handers Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero at the trade deadline in 2015, and batted a hearty .319/.354/.381 through the end of the regular season before ending up on the wrong side of a pivotal strike call in Game 6 of the ALCS.

After his gig with the Blue Jays, he bounced around the league on short-lived deals with the Nationals, Angels, and Rangers. While he hasn’t set foot in the majors since 2017, he slashed .277/.319/.406 with three homers and two stolen bases in 40 games for Triple-A Salt Lake last year. He’s likely to serve as outfield depth for the Blue Jays yet again.

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.