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

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The accident occurred on Thursday, according to their Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan Winter League. Authorities say both men were in the same auto that veered off the road as the driver, a chauffeur, tried to avoid a rock sliding into the road. He was traded to the Astros ahead of the 2015 season and rotated through other teams before his release from the Angels this August.

Former Major League infielder Jose Castillo, 37, was also killed in the crash. Carlos Rivero, who played briefly for the Diamondbacks in 2014 was driving the vehicle, but he survived the accident.


Venezuelan police said the players' vehicle overturned after hitting a rock while they were traveling to Barquisimeto following a game in Caracas. It's unclear how much money Castillo may have earned while playing.

Valbuena, 33, played 11 seasons in the majors, beginning his career in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. He batted.256/.297/.380 with 33 home runs in 465 games during his four seasons in Pittsburgh, playing 388 games at second base, 41 at third base, 10 at shortstop and one in right field. He then split the 2008 campaign with the San Francisco Giants and Astros. He batted.254 with 39 home runs and 218 RBI during his five Major League Baseball seasons. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs.

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