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.
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.