Mariners and Angels add $1M apiece from Twins to pursue Shohei Ohtani

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

A delegation from the Mariners met with Ohtani on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the offices of Creative Artists Agency.

On Wednesday evening, shortly after holding a conference call with local media in preparation for next week's Major League Baseball Winter Meetings where he would not discuss the Japanese phenom, Dipoto made a trade with the Twins to acquire additional worldwide bonus pool dollars to enhance the possible bonus for Ohtani.

Money doesn't seem to be the primary concern for Ohtani, given that the 23-year-old could have stayed in Japan and waited two more years until he was an unrestricted global free agent and made considerably more money.


Banuelos was probably the Mariners' top catching prospect in their minor league system, certainly from a defensive standpoint.

The Seattle Mariners announced they traded minor league catcher David Banuelos to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for the worldwide slot money. The other four Ohtani finalists - the Dodgers, Padres, San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs - are all capped at $300,000 because of penalties for exceeding their pool in previous years. Both still trail the Texas Rangers, at $3.535 million. In his first pro season, he hit.236 (30 for 127) with eight doubles, four homers and 26 RBI in 36 games for Short-season Everett.

Pearson is the much better prospect between the two, a third-round selection who was given seven figures out of high school and who has a chance to carry a plus hit and speed tool when he's done developing.


The Twins could still look to re-sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte, the 16-year-old prospect whose $3 million signing bonus was voided last month due to concerns about his vision. Also, all three major league outfielders - Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun - are now signed through 2020, at least.

The Angels followed suit with a trade of their own with the Twins, adding $1 million as well to bump their available pool to $2.315 million. Due to his age, Ohtani can only sign a minor league contract and is subject to the global bonus pool.


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