Fox Business reporter unimpressed by Henry's denials

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Fox Business reporter unimpressed by Henry's denials

John Henry's denials that the Red Sox are for sale aren't resonating with the reporter who broke the story that the team is, in fact, on the block.

"I've been covering Wall Street a long time," Fox Business' Charlie Gasparino told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on Thursday's 'Felger & Mazz' show on WBZ-FM Radio (98.5 The Sports Hub). "You know, there are denials and there are denials.

"I heard team president Larry Lucchino . . . or maybe it was John Henry, talk about how, you know, this could be misconstrued because we're . . . talking about estate-planning purposes and this kind of stuff. When you start getting into that sort of banter . . . you see right through it.

"I will tell you: Usually, the sort of responses from people when . . . a reporter kind of made it up, is, 'We don't comment on rumor or innuendo or whatever.' But these guys are obviously out there trying to put out a fire because, you know, I caught 'em."

Gasparino explained why he went with the story in spite of the Sox' denials.

"If you read the story, we put their full-throated denial very high up in it," Gasparino said. "And then the question is, 'Okay, why do you go with something that . . . someone like Henry is denying?' And you do that because you're confident with your sources, and you're confident with the way you wrote it, and you're confident with the . . . over-arching meaning of the story . . .

"I can't tell you whether they're going to sell it or not. But I do know this: This is a team that's in trouble, and an organization that's in trouble . . . Listen, I'm telling you: They're doing it. I have this from a source with direct knowledge of it, and the fact that they're doing it indicates this is a team that faces some immense hurdles."

When asked by Felger what those troubles were, Gasparino responded:

"I'm a business reporter. If I see that you're unloading players like they're unloading players, to the degree that they're doing it . . . when companies do stuff like that, those are telltale signs of problems. Again, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out . . .

"Also, you guys know full well that Henry has issues . . . with the Liverpool soccer team owned by Henry's Fenway Sports Group, and . . . what I understand is that he's coming to the conclusion that . . . it's hard to finance two big, struggling franchises."

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.