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Twins minor leaguer Ryan Costello dies at 23

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The Minnesota Twins announced that prospect Ryan Costello died over the weekend. He was just 23.

Costello was living in New Zealand this offseason, playing for the Auckland Tuatarain the Australian Baseball League. He was found dead in his hotel room. Preliminary indications suggest his cause of death to be natural causes.

Costello, who played college ball at Connecticut State University, was a draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2017 and came to the Twins in the 2018 trade that sent Zach Duke to Seattle. He hit .256/.361/.468 with 43 homers in 280 games across three minor league seasons.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.