Mariners, Angels acquire int'l slot money

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Ohtani, the 23-year-old two-way star, is not believed to put a high priority on finances as he makes his decision, which must come by December 22.

In separate deals, the Mariners sent catcher David Banuelos to the Twins and the Angels sent outfielder Jacob Pearson to complete the transactions.

The move gives the Mariners $2.55 million available to give the highly coveted Ohtani, while the Angels now have $2.315 million.

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The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels, in pursuit of Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, each acquired $1 million in global bonus allocations from the Minnesota Twins Wednesday.

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

Seattle can now offer Ohtani $2,557,500 and Los Angeles can spend $2,315,000.

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For the Twins, they were informed on Sunday that they were not a finalist for Ohtani's services, so they chose 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 Seattle Mariners made a similar deal with the Twins in order to acquire global slot money of their own on Wednesday night. Ohtani has met with both the Angels and Mariners after narrowing his list of potential landing spots down to seven this past weekend.

Pearson was a third-round pick in 2017 by the Angels out of high school in Louisiana, and in his professional debut hit.226/.302/.284 in 40 games in the Arizona Rookie League.

The 21-year-old hit.236 with four home runs and 26 RBIs for Class A Short Season Everett and was selected to play in the Northwest League All-Star Game. The Rangers have $3.535 million while the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, and Padres have $300,000 each.

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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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