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

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For the Twins, they were informed on Sunday that they were not a finalist for Ohtani's services, so they made a decision 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.

The pursuit of Shohei Ohtani isn't really about money, though maybe it is, at least in a relative sense.

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

From Seattle, the Twins get catcher David Banuelos.

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

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It is unconfirmed, but the Angels nearly certainly made this deal in order to be able to offer Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani more money. Banuelos, 21, hit.236 with four home runs in 36 games for the Class A Everett (Wash.) AquaSox after signing in July.

Pearson, 19, was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 2017 draft. MLB Pipeline rated him as the fifth-best prospect in the Angels' system.

Ohtani's representatives told the Twins on Sunday he would not sign with Minnesota.

Whichever team lands the free agent from Japan will acquire arguably the top prize on the free-agent market. The other four contending teams - the Cubs, Padres, Giants and Dodgers - are all capped at $300,000 that they can offer. Because he's under age 25, he can only sign a minor league rookie contract, meaning he will make the league minimum for the first three seasons before becoming arbitration eligible.

The Twins still have around $1.25 million left from their original bonus pool, which maxed out at $5.75 million and included $500,000 acquired from the Washington Nationals in a trade for all-star closer Brandon Kintzler.

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