Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo Die in Car Crash

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Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena was killed in an auto accident Thursday night in his native Venezuela. Both played for the team Thursday.

Valbuena was now a free agent, but he spent his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.

Univision Sports, citing sources close to the players, reported Valbuena, Castillo and another player, former major leaguer Carlos Rivero, were traveling in Valbuena's vehicle from Caracas' University Stadium to Barquisimento, where Lara is scheduled to play Friday and Saturday.

Luis Valbuena
Luis Valbuena

Primarily a third baseman who also saw action at the other three infield positions, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs.

Valbuena broke into the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. His best year came in 2016 when he batted.260 and slugged.459 while hitting 13 home runs and collecting 40 RBI for the Houston Astros.

The newspaper cites media accounts as saying the person behind the wheel was the driver for former Arizona Diamondbacks player and winter ball teammate Carlos Rivero, 30. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.

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