Buchholz, Red Sox agree to four-year extension

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Buchholz, Red Sox agree to four-year extension

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Red Sox have signed right-hander Clay Buchholz to a four-year extension through the 2015 season, with club options for 2016 and 2017.

According to CSNNE.coms Sean McAdam, the deal could be worth 55.2 million over the course of its life. Buchholz is set to earn 3.5 million in 2011, 5.5 million in 2013, 7.7 million in 2014, 12 million in 2015, with club options for 13 million in 2016 and 13.5 million in 2017.

The Red Sox acquired Buchholz, 26, in the supplemental round of the 2005 draft as compensation for losing Pedro Martinez to the Mets in free agency. Buchholz is 29-23 with a 3.68 ERA in his career. In 2010 he posted a record of 17-7, with a 2.33 ERA, second in the American League behind Felix Hernandezs 2.27. With Jon Lester, he was named Red Sox pitcher of the year. In August, he went 4-0 (1.03) in six starts and was named AL pitcher of the month.

This season, he is 0-2 (7.20) in two starts.

"Very happy for Clay and happy for the ballclub," said Sox general manager Theo Epstein. "We see Clay as homegown, a core member of this ballclub. This is similar to deals we did with Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, and Kevin Youkilis, and we expect Clay to be here for a long time and be a part of winning clubs.

This allows him to go out and focus on the mound and do what he does best. It gives Clay and his family great security and gives the club cost control and control deeper in Clay's career than arbitration would have afforded."

Epstein said the deal was negotiated by assistant general manager Ben Cherington and Buchholzs agent, who joined him at Fenway Park for the announcement. Buchholzs wife Lindsay, their daughter Colbi, and his parents were also there.

"I think security is what every players wants, Buchholz said. Being drafted by the Red Sox, it's the only place I've been. It's been a pleasure working with the front office. My family has been supportive of everything. Going forward, security is a big thing for us."

Buchholz said he considered going year to year, as Jonathan Papelbon, who will be a free agent after this season, has chosen to do.

I gave it a lot of thought, he said. It was a difficult decision in that aspect of it. You play this game to be secure and make money because you cant play baseball forever. If it was just me, and I didn't have a wife or kid, it might have been a decision we would have thought about more. I knew what my heart was telling me and what my family wanted."

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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.