Varitek, Wheeler classified as Type B free agents

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Varitek, Wheeler classified as Type B free agents

Jason Varitek has officially been classified as a Type B free agent by the Elias Sports Bureau, according to MLB Trade Rumors. If he signs with another team after being offered salary arbitration, the Red Sox will be entitled to one pick in the compensatory sandwich round of the 2012 draft.

The Red Sox also announced that they declined their team options on Type B free agent Dan Wheeler and unclassified Scott Atchison.

As expected, David Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon are both Type A free agents, and would each yield Boston two draft picks (a sandwich pick and the first- or second-round pick from the signing team) if they were to sign elsewhere after declining arbitration.

All of the Red Sox' other free agents are unclassified.

Atchison remains on the team's 40-man roster because he lacked the sufficient service time in 2011 to be eligible for arbitration.

After each regular season, Elias ranks every player based on his performance over a two year period (i.e. 201011). Free agents are labeled A, B, or unclassified to determine compensation for the team away from which they could be signed.

In the 2011 draft, the Red Sox received four picks for departed Type A free agents Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, but forfeited their own first round pick to Tampa Bay to sign Type A free agent Carl Crawford.

If the Red Sox offer arbitration to Varitek, Wheeler, Ortiz, and Papelbon, and all of them sign major league deals with different teams, Boston will receive six additional picks in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft.

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.