Free agent infielder Luis Valbuena and former major league infielder Jose Castillo died Thursday in a auto crash in Venezuela, where they were playing for a winter league team. Both played for the team on Thursday before the accident.
The New York Times says all three players were Venezuela natives.
Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit.199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on August 7.
MLB veterans Jose Valbuena, 34, and Jose Castillo, 37, lost their lives in a vehicle crash after a playing in a Venezuela Professional Baseball League game.
Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors, beginning his career in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. He left with a.226 batting average with 114 home runs and 367 career RBIs. 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. Castillo, 37, debuted in the majors in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros.
Carlos Rivero, who played briefly with the Red Sox in 2014, was injured. He played this year for Tijuana in the Mexican League.