Mariners, Angels each get $1 million for Ohtani from Twins

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But the Mariners general manager's actions speak volumes about their dogged pursuit of the most coveted free agent of the offseason.

Shohei Ohtani had no interest in signing with the Twins, so they are using global bonus money to trade for young prospects from teams in the Ohtani sweepstakes.

"I know the questions you all want to ask regarding Shohei Ohtani, but at this time, I'm not going to make any comments on anything to do with Mr. Ohtani", Dipoto said on the call. This move comes moments after the Mariners traded catching prospect David Banuelos to the Twins for the same amount of worldwide funds.

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.

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As part of the pursuit of Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani, the Mariners on Wednesday acquired $1 million in global slot money from the Twins. The latest move gives them upwards of $2.5 million to offer Ohtani. Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos.

Pearson, 19, was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 2017 draft. 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.

Pearson, rated the Angels' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, went nine picks after fellow LSU signee Blayne Enlow, a promising high school right-hander the Twins signed for $2 million. Seattle, Los Angeles and Texas are among seven teams believed to be in the running for Ohtani. The other four contending teams - the Cubs, Padres, Giants and Dodgers - are all capped at $300,000 that they can offer.

Ohtani has until December 22 to make a decision on what team he will select. 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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