Adding bullpen depth not the biggest deal

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Adding bullpen depth not the biggest deal

BOSTON They were not the trades that had generated speculation over the last few weeks, but the Red Sox completed two deals before the 4 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline Tuesday afternoon.

The Sox received lefthander Craig Breslow from the Diamondbacks for right-hander Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik.

Breslow, who turns 32 Aug. 8, is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 40 games out of the Diamondbacks bullpen this season. This will be his second stint with the Sox. He also pitched for Boston in 2006, going 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 13 games out of the bullpen.

Breslow, from Trumbull, Conn., was selected in the 26th round of the 2002 draft by the Brewers out of Yale. In parts of seven seasons, with the Padres, Red Sox, Indians, Twins, As and Diamondbacks, he has compiled a record of 14-17 with a 3.02 ERA and six saves in 335 games, all in relief.

Breslow is coming to give us that left-handed depth in the bullpen, manager Bobby Valentine said. Hes had a nice year. And I havent seen him pitch too much but I know hes been in the American League before. Im confident hes going to help us win games.

We had been looking for another lefty, said general manager Ben Cherington. We felt like early in the year when we had three lefties in the pen it was when our pen was really rolling the best and give bobby a chance to match up and use all three guys. Certainly also gives bobby some flexibility for the rest of the year if we need to use morales as a starter. So hopefully a couple of benefits to the move. We felt like Albers has done a great job for us. We felt like we had enough other right-hand options that we can afford to flip the righty for the lefty.

The Sox also traded power-hitting first basemanoutfielder Lars Anderson, who had been one of theirhighly touted prospects a few years ago, to Cleveland for knuckleballingrighthander Steven Wright, who has been assigned to Double-A Portland.

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.