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Phillies likely to move on from Odúbel Herrera


Phillies GM Matt Klentak didn’t specifically say Odúbel Herrera’s days were numbered, but the way he discussed his team’s outfield situation all but cast Herrera out of the franchise’s plans, per Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Klentak said, “I expect that Adam Haseley‘s going to be our regular center fielder. But having said that, I recognize that when Roman Quinn is healthy and playing to his potential, it’s hard to take him out of the lineup. I think that combination of players likely takes down the majority of our center field reps this year.” Klentak added that Bruce will “cover us on the corners,” backing up Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper. As Salisbury notes, that is five outfielders, none of which are Herrera.

Herrera, 27, was arrested in May on a domestic violence charge. He was placed on administrative leave and the Phillies scrubbed Citizens Bank Park of any reference to him. They even asked Major League Baseball to take his name off of the All-Star ballot. While the charges were eventually dropped a little more than a month later, the league suspended Herrera for 85 games without pay.

Herrera signed a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Phillies in December 2016. He has two years and $20.5 million remaining on the deal. The Phillies seem content to write off the remainder of the contract as a loss to rid themselves of Herrera.

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.