Mariners & Angels acquire more global slot money in pursuit of Shohei Ohtani

Mariners & Angels acquire more global slot money in pursuit of Shohei Ohtani

This move comes moments after the Mariners traded catching prospect David Banuelos to the Twins for the same amount of global funds.

In separate trades announced Wednesday night, the Twins shipped $1 million of their remaining 2017-18 worldwide bonus money to both the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels in exchange for promising 2017 June draftees.

Los Angeles paid Pearson, 19, above slot at $1 million to keep him from signing with LSU after taking him in the third round in June.

The Mariners gave up catcher David Banuelos, who was one of their top prospects.

Banuelos was a fifth-round draft pick this year from Long Beach State. 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. He was drafted by the Angels out of West Monroe (La.) High School.

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Ohtani has until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22 to sign with a major league team. The other four finalists - the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants - are restricted during this worldwide signing period to no more than $300,000 in any individual signing bonus.

Whichever team Ohtani chooses to sign with will owe his Japanese club a $20 million posting fee. Rosenthal suggested both teams were "clearly adding money for Ohtani", although Pearson previously received a $1 million signing bonus.

The Mariners now have $2.55 million in worldwide slot money, the Angels $2.3 million and the Rangers $3.54 million. The other four contending teams - the Cubs, Padres, Giants and Dodgers - are all capped at $300,000 that they can offer. But the Mariners general manager's actions speak volumes about their dogged pursuit of the most coveted free agent of the offseason.

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.

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