ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — A former Angels infielder and his winter league teammate, who is also a former MLB player, were killed in a car accident in Venezuela.
Luis Valbuena, 33, played his last two years with the Los Angeles Angels, where the Orange County Register said he was popular among his teammates before being designated for assignment in August 2018.
The men were killed Thursday night after playing with Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan Winter League, according to MLB.com. Their car had hit a rock in the road, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Valbuena previously played with the Seattle Mariners, the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros.
Former Major League infielder Jose Castillo, 37, was also killed in the crash. Castillo last played for the Houston Astros in 2008, according to MLB.com.