Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

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Red Sox trade for Seattle catcher Quiroz

SEATTLE -- At least Guillermo Quiroz didn't have far to go when he learned he'd been traded Tuesday.

The Red Sox obtained Quiroz from the Mariners for cash considerations. For Quiroz, the relocation meant merely walking down the concourse from the Mariners' home clubhouse to the visiting clubhouse occupied by the Sox, several hundred feet down the hall at Safeco Field.

"It was something I wasn't expecting, that's for sure," said Quiroz.

Quiroz gives the Red Sox a third catcher at the major league level, joining Ryan Lavarnway and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Sox didn't have another catcher on their 40-man roster, with Dan Butler catching at Pawtucket.

This gives Bobby Valentine some flexibility, especially since the manager has been using both Lavarnway and Saltalamacchia in the same starting lineup -- one behind the plate and the other often at DH.

Under the old set-up, if Valentine had to move the catcher who was serving as DH behind the plate, the Sox would lose use of the DH the rest of the game, to say nothing of not having a backup on the bench.

Quiroz has been with Toronto, Seattle, Texas and Baltimore and has played in 101 games at the major league level, though not at all since 2010.

"I've been around for a little bit," said Quiroz, who is 30. "I've gotten a little bit of service time so I guess they're counting on (having some experience)."

The challenge for Quiroz will be learning the pitching staff in a hurry.

"I'll have to do my best to get to know them," Quiroz said. "Tendencies, pitches they use to get people out . . . The best way to do it just catching them in the bullpen and try to talk to them. That's how you create your relationships."

The Red Sox haven't announced the rotation past Wednesday, the final game of the road trip. The Sox have off-days in the schedule Thursday and again Monday, giving them a chance to re-shuffle the rotation as they choose.

"We're looking at it," said Valentine. "We'll look at what happens the next time through."

Valentine worked out utility man Ivan DeJesus in the outfield Tuesday afternoon in the event he's needed to cover the position. DeJesus told Valentine he's comfortable playing either left field or right field.

Franklin Morales played catch Tuesday. He remains on the DL for another week with shoulder weakness. The Sox expect he'll return to the rotation when his 15-day stint is up this weekend.

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.