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Phillies acquire Jay Bruce from Mariners

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The Phillies have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mariners, the club announced on Sunday. The two sides were reportedly deep in discussions on Saturday.

Bruce, 32, will add some power from the left side to the Phillies’ bench. He leaves Seattle batting .212/.283/.533 with 14 home runs and 28 RBI in 184 plate appearances. Bruce is expected to join the Phillies in San Diego on Monday for the beginning of a three-game series against the Padres.

Center fielder Odúbel Herrera is currently on administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence. Andrew McCutchen and Scott Kingery are handling center field. Depending on how manager Gabe Kapler decides to formulate his outfield on any given day, Bruce could get the occasional start as well.

Bruce is owed the remainder of his $13 million salary for this season and is under contract for one more year at $13 million in 2020. The Mariners are reportedly covering some, but not all, of that remaining salary.

The Mariners will receive third baseman Jake Scheiner from the Phillies. Scheiner, 23, has spent this season with High-A Clearwater, batting .256/.326/.353 in 179 trips to the plate.

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.