Mariners acquire $1 million in global slot money from the Twins

Angels trade prospect to get more money to pursue Shohei Ohtani

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

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. 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. Seattle sent minor league catcher David Banuelos to Minnesota, while the Angels traded minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson to the Twins.

Banuelos was a fifth-round draft pick this year from Long Beach State.

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.

"I would love to thank the Angels for everything".

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Ohtani, 23, is a two-way star in Japan who wants to try to do the same in Major League Baseball. The Angels now have around $2.3 million to offer him.

The Twins ended up with $3.25 million in worldwide bonus money when they voided the contract of Jelfry Marte, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic.

The Twins were among the teams with the most available signing bonus money, which is why they were able to make these deals.

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. The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are capped at $300,000. But the Mariners general manager's actions speak volumes about their dogged pursuit of the most coveted free agent of the offseason.

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