Jays may not stand in Farrell's way

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Jays may not stand in Farrell's way

If John Farrell is, indeed, on the Red Sox' radar as a potential replacement for Terry Francona, extricating him from Toronto might not be as difficult as you'd first think.

At least not if Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is to be believed.

In a recent interview with Canada's sportsnet.ca, Antropoulos said the Blue Jays' policy is not to stand in the way if another team wants to speak to one of its employees. He was talking specifically about the Orioles' interest in assistant GM Tony LaCava for their vacant general manager's job -- an upward move, whereas Farrell returning to Boston would be a lateral one -- but seemed to indicate the Jays' policy applies across the board.

"There is no such thing as tampering when it comes to our organization, no one has to be afraid of anything," he told Sportsnet.ca's Shi Davidi. "We will never prevent anybody from going anywhere . . .

"Selfishly I dont want any of our guys to leave, but at the same time I hope all of our employees have opportunities to better themselves, whether its responsibilities, financial, whatever it might be.

If Farrell were to step down as Blue Jays manager to take over as Red Sox skipper, that betterment would have to be financial . . . both in an increase in salary for Farrell, and in compensation for the Blue Jays. Money probably wouldn't be an issue for the Sox, though compensation -- if the dragged-on negotiations with the Cubs over Theo Epstein are any indication -- might prove more problematic.

Just how serious Boston's interest is, is a matter of speculation. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reported Sunday that, according to a source, the team has "no plans at this time to interview current managers of other teams". And Paul Beeston, the president of the Blue Jays, told the Toronto Globe and Mail that the Red Sox "haven't approached us" about permission to speak to Farrell.

But if they do, Anthopoulos didn't sound like the team would say no.

"If you have that philosophy," he said of allowing employees to talk to other teams, "in the long run it will serve your organization well, youll continue to attract outstanding employees because they know they have the freedom, they have upwards mobility, theyre never going to be held down."

Farrell, of course, was the Red Sox' pitching coach from 2007-10. His absence this year is cited as one of the reasons for the breakdown in clubhouse discipline, especially among the pitchers. His physical presence and demanding nature stood in stark contrast to the laid-back demeanor of his successor, Curt Young.

In his first year at Toronto, Farrell had the Jays battling Tampa Bay for third place much of the season before settling for a respectable 81-81 record. His rumored departure isn't going over well with at least some of the Canadian locals.

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.