Angels acquire worldwide slot money in deal with Twins


This is significant because the Mariners and Angels are two of seven teams still in the running for Ohtani, who profiles as both a potential ace on the mound and impact hitter at the plate, and Ohtani is subject to the strict bonus limits that cover July 2 global free agents.

Teams interested in signing Ohtani are limited to the amount they have available in their worldwide bonus pools.

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 worldwide free agent and made considerably more money.

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The Twins, who had $3.25 in global bonus money available, then picked up outfielder Jacob Pearson from the Angels.

The Angels also acquired $1.21 million in worldwide bonus space last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for Jim Johnson.

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

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Only the Texas Rangers can offer the 23-year-old two-way phenom more money with $3.535 million available in their global bonus pool. 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. The catcher, who turned 21 in October, hit.236/.331/.394 with four home runs and eight doubles in 36 games for Class-A Everett in the Northwest League.

From the Angels the Twins plucked 19-year-old outfielder Jacob Pearson, a third-rounder last June out of a Monroe, La., high school.

Matt Snyder of noted Ohtani and his representatives met with all seven finalists by the conclusion of Tuesday, suggesting either a choice or a narrowing of the field could be the next step.

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The Angels also made a trade with the Twins to add $1 million in signing bonus space. The team that lands him can sign him to a minor league deal. Due to his age, Ohtani can only sign a minor league contract and is subject to the worldwide bonus pool.