Mariners, Angels reportedly acquire more bonus money aimed for Ohtani

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For the Twins, they were informed on Sunday that they were not a finalist for Ohtani's services, so they made a decision to cash in a large chunk of their remaining bonus slot money - Minnesota had $3.245 million to spend, per the Associated Press - they had earmarked for Ohtani to acquire a pair of prospects.

The 23-year-old Ohtani is 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in five seasons as a pitcher with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball.

It is unconfirmed, but the Angels nearly certainly made this deal in order to be able to offer Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani more money.


The Angels acquired $1 million in global pool space from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Jacob Pearson, rated one of their top prospects. Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos.

Banuelos was drafted in the fifth round out of Long Beach State. Seattle, Los Angeles and Texas are among seven teams believed to be in the running for Ohtani.

Pearson is a 19-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder that was snagged by Los Angeles in the third round out of West Monroe, La. In 40 games of rookie ball, he hit.226/.302/.284 in 176 plate appearances. His elite throwing arm and excellent blocking skills earned him a spot on the NorthWest League's all-star team and made him one of the Mariners better prospects.


Ohtani has until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22 to sign with a major league team. Rosenthal suggested both teams were "clearly adding money for Ohtani", although Pearson previously received a $1 million signing bonus.

Whichever team lands the free agent from Japan will acquire arguably the top prize on the free-agent market. The Rangers, Cubs and Padres also met with Ohtani on Tuesday.

Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because he is not yet 25, but is expected to make millions in endorsements when he signs.


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