David Banks - USA Today Sports
David Banks - USA Today Sports

Former Cubs infielder dies in car accident


by - Senior Editor -

Horrible news to pass along as former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident Friday morning in Venezuela.

The two players were playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the Leones del Caracas club and traveling for a game on Friday.

"We are living a horrible tragedy in Cardenales de Lara. We lost our players Luis Valbuena and José Castillo in a traffic accident," the Venezuelan club tweeted.

The Cubs released the following statement:

"We are saddened by the passing of former Cub Luis Valbuena,” the Cubs tweeted Friday morning. "The Cubs organization sends its condolences to his family and friends.”

Valbuena played for the Cubs from 2012 to 2014. He batted .249 in 2014 and was part of the trade to get Dexter Fowler from the Astros.

CubsHQ.com would like to send our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo.

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