Mariners, Angels reportedly acquire more bonus money aimed 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. Seattle sent minor league catcher David Banuelos to Minnesota, while the Angels traded minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson to the Twins. Around the same time, the Mariners also made a deal with the Twins, also to get $1 million in pool space.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels have acquired $1 million in global slot money from the Twins in exchange for minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson.

Banuelos was probably the Mariners' top catching prospect in their minor league system, certainly from a defensive standpoint. The Twins had $3.2 million in their global pool, but Ohtani narrowed the list of teams he was considering to seven finalists, and the Twins were not on the list. In any event, the Mariners and Angels have been perhaps the most active teams during the Ohtani recruitment, and now they'll of course be able to make an even more lucrative pitch to the 23-year-old prized free agent.

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

Pearson, also a 2017 draftee - in the third round out of a Louisiana high school - spent 40 games in the rookie-level Arizona League. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles.

Acquiring the additional cash is noteworthy, considering AJ Cassavell of pointed out the finalists outside of the Mariners and Angels-the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants-can offer Ohtani only $300,000 as a bonus. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to global spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.