2 former Houston Astros players reportedly killed in auto crash

2 former Houston Astros players reportedly killed in auto crash

Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a vehicle crash following a winter league game in Venezuela.

According to media accounts from Venezuela, the crash occurred in Yaracuy. They were reportedly killed on impact.

The Cardenales de Lara, of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, made the announcement overnight. "We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident", the Venezuelan club tweeted.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

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Valbuena, 33, recently played for the Los Angeles Angels and had been a free agent since the end of the 2018 season. He also had stints with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Houston 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.

Jose Castillo #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates runs after hitting a solo homerun against the Houston Astros on August 14, 2005 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

According to Spotrac, Valbuena is estimated to have earned more than $28 million in his career.

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