BOSTON -- A few days ago, the Red Sox had the managerial field to themselves, being the only franchise of the 30 in the hunt for a new manager.
But the retirement of Tony La Russa Monday and the firing of Mike Quade Wednesday means the Sox now have company with the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs are particularly relevant, since they are led by president of baseball operations Theo Epstien. In his final weeks with the Red Sox, Epstein helped direct the search for a replacement for Terry Francona.
Now, he may be interested in some of the same candidates to replace Quade.
"There may be some people that we both talk to," confirmed Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. "That hasn't happened yet because they have started their (search) yet. It's possible that we'll be talking to some of the same people.
"But the teams are different. The teams are at different stages. The cities are different. I think the right manager in Boston is not necessarily the right manager in Chicago and the right manager in Chicago is not necessarily the right manager in Boston.
"Theo and I may agree on a lot of stuff, but I don't think we're looking for the same person in this particular case. We did a lot of work together right after Tito Francona left and since Theo's left, our list has probably changed a little bit and I don't know what his list looks like."
Cherington noted that the personal relationship between a manager and general manager is "critical," and by definition, he and Epstein may be in the market for different personalities.
"I don't think we're looking for the same person," he said, "even if some of the candidates we might consider may be similar.''
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.
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.