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Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena killed in a auto accident in Venezuela

07 December 2018

The two former MLB stars were teammates on the Cadenales de Lara, a winter ball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, according to The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya.

Valbuena received plenty of playing time during the final stages of the Cubs' rebuilding before he was traded with pitcher Dan Straily to the Astros for switch-hitter Dexter Fowler prior to the 2015 season.

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo was killed in an automobile accident in his native Venezuela late Thursday night, along with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena. "We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident", the Venezuelan club tweeted. The chauffeur and infielder Carlos Rivero, a teammate of Valbuena and Castillo who was also in the vehicle, survived.

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela
Former Pirates Player Jose Castillo Killed In Crash In Venezuela

The Angels also made a statement: "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former Major League Baseball infielder José Castillo". In an 11-year major league career, he batted.226 with a.310 on-base percentage, a.394 slugging percentage, 114 homers and 367 RBIs in 1,011 games.

Castillo, 37, played the first four of his five major-league seasons with the Pirates from 2004-07. He began his career in Pittsburgh, then moved onto the San Fransisco Giants before ending with he Astros.

Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. He hit nine home runs and drove in 33 runs for the Halos in 96 games in 2018.

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Former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena killed in a auto accident in Venezuela