McAdam: It may be time to shop Shoppach

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McAdam: It may be time to shop Shoppach

Wednesday should have been a highlight for Kelly Shoppach.
The catcher had a walk, a single, threw out a would-be base stealer and a key two-run homer which ultimately represented the winning margin in the Red Sox' 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
It was Shoppach's first start since the first series of the trip and Bobby Valentine made mention of the fact that Shoppach had come into his office on Tuesday to inquire why he wasn't playing more.
(The answer should have been obvious -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been hot and displaying power on his own, while also coaxing two fine starts from Josh Beckett, who had previously been paired with Shoppach).
Valentine managed to reveal that Shoppach "left (the office) angry.''
It's a poorly kept secret that Valentine was not a backer of Shoppach in spring training and had argued, in vain, to go with a combination of Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway. If Shoppach is going to be unhappy in his current role, perhaps it's time for the Red Sox to see what sort of market exists for him.
The Washington Nationals are known to be looking for help behind the plate, as are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As a free agent, Shoppach would have to approve of any deal made before June 15, but if he's unhappy to complain about playing time, surely he would waive his right to go somewhere else.

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.