Mariners, Angels acquire int'l slot money

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 7, 2017 reporter Mark Feinsand reported that the Mariners made a trade with the Minnesota Twins to acquire $1 million in worldwide signing bonus money.

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

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired $1 million in global slot money in a deal with the Minnesota Twins, sending 2017 third-round pick Jacob Pearson back in exchange. Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos.

The Giants, Dodgers, Padres and Cubs can only offer Ohtani a bonus of $300,000 because they exceeded their bonus pool under the previous collective bargaining agreement.

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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.

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.

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. The Rangers still have the most dollars of the seven finalists at $3.53 million. He went on to appear in 40 games of rookie ball with the franchise, batting.226/.302/.284 with 13 RBI and five stolen bases, splitting time between left and center field. MLB Pipeline rated him as the fifth-best prospect in the Angels' system. Also, all three major league outfielders - Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun - are now signed through 2020, at least. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to global spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.

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