Two former major leaguers die in crash in Venezuela
Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said Friday.
The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object placed in the road, Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account. He said four people have been detained after being found with property of the athletes.
Valbuena and Castillo were teammates in the Venezuelan winter league and returning from a game in the capital. Third baseman Carlos Rivero survived, according to the website beisbolplay.
Valbuena hit .226 with 114 home runs over 11 seasons with the Angels, Seattle, Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Houston.
Castillo played five seasons with Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Houston. He had a .254 average with 39 home runs. Corbin signs on with Nats; Harper still a question: Patrick Corbin put on his No. 46 Nationals jersey as rotation-mates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg looked on at the news conference to introduce the lefty starter with the $140 million, six-year contract.
Washington formally announced the addition of Corbin on Friday, the latest in a flurry of offseason moves by general manager Mike Rizzo.
Rizzo said the deal with Corbin, 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA for Arizona in 2018, is “independent” of what might happen with right fielder Bryce Harper.