The Twins have signed free agent catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the exact figure.
Castro, 29, played in 113 games for the Astros this past season and hit .210/.307/.377 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI across 376 plate appearances. Behind the dish, Castro is regarded as a good pitch framer.
The Twins, who lost catcher Kurt Suzuki to free agency, were clearly in the market for a catcher. Matthew Pouliot rated Castro as the third-best free agent catcher available behind Matt Wieters and Wilson Ramos, and 36th of 111 free agents overall.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.