Epstein: Napoli situation similar to Sox' dealings with Drew

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Epstein: Napoli situation similar to Sox' dealings with Drew

BOSTON Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington offered little in the way of news on the Mike Napoli negotiations Friday night other than to say negotiations continue.

The Sox and Napoli reached a tentative agreement on Dec. 3, during the winter meetings in Nasvhille, on a three-year, 39 million contract. But that deal, 39 days since it first became public, has yet to be finalized.

While neither side has said anything publicly, it is believed the Sox are looking to add language to the contract to protect the team against a hip issue that was discovered during Napolis physical.

Cherington, speaking to reporters very briefly before the Hot Stove Cool Music event at Fenway Park Friday night, did say that free agent options are limited and is hopeful of ultimately reaching an agreement with Napoli, but aside from that issue we may look to bring some guys into camp who can play first base."

It is not the first time the Sox have been in protracted negotiations with a free agent. They went through a similar situation with J.D. Drew before the right fielder and agent Scott Boras agreed to a five-year contract in 2008, 52 days after initial reports of the deal, also during the winter meetings that year.

Theo Epstein, the Sox GM at that time and now the Cubs president of baseball operations, was also in attendance Friday night at Fenway. While he is not privy to the current Sox negotiates, there are similarities.

With the situation we had with Drew you just talk it through, try to use a lot of empathy, try to recognize that you know its an awkward situation, as awkward for them as it is for you, keep talking, try to find a mutually agreeable situation, and remember that fairness is important, Epstein said.

Leverage can go back and forth at different times during negotiations but its always important to remember that fairness matters in the end. Youre going to do a lot of deals with the agent over the years and the way you treat players matters to others as well. So from what I understand, and what I know about Ben, thats never an issue. Hes always very locked in on being fair.

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.