Free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena and former Major League infielder Jose Castillo died in a car accident Thursday in Venezuela, according to their Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena and former Major League infielder Jose Castillo died in a car accident Thursday in Venezuela, according to their Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Tweet from @CardenalesDice: Estamos viviendo una horrible tragedia en Cardenales de Lara. Perdimos a nuestros jugadores Luis Valbuena y Jos�� Castillo en un accidente de tr��nsito. pic.twitter.com/HPf3LRuxp1

Valbuena, 33, batted .199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games for the Angels last season before being released in August. He was a career .226 hitter with 114 homers and 367 RBIs over 11 big league seasons, also playing for , ns, Cubs and Astros.

Tweet from @Angels: We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former MLB infielder Jos�� Castillo. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief. pic.twitter.com/GxegOtJXuB

Castillo, 37, last appeared in the Major Leagues for the Astros in 2008. He also played for the Pirates and Giants in parts of five Major League seasons, batting .254 with 39 homers and 218 RBIs.

The Houston Chronicle, citing reports out of Venezuela, reported that the players’ car hit a rock in the road. Both had played for Lara in Thursday night’s game at Caracas.