A late night car accident in Venezuela claimed the life of former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena. The crash occurred after a Winter League game. Former Major League infielder Jose Castillo was also killed.
Valbuena spent three seasons in a Cubs uniform (2012-14), becoming one of the most productive waiver claims in organization's recent history. Known for his infectious smile and staggeringly awesome bat flips, he compiled a .232/.330/.394 line in 1241 plate appearances during the rebuilding years before being packaged along with pitcher Dan Straily in a trade with Houston for Dexter Fowler.
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