Twins Acquire Jacob Pearson As Angels Add Money For Otani

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Jerry Dipoto isn't going to talk anymore about his team's pursuit of Shohei Ohtani. He remains a free agent.

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.

The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels are making their final pushes for Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani by acquiring global slot money from the Minnesota Twins. Unlike Seattle, the Angels had been operating more stealthily in regards to Ohtani until last week, when the club acquired $1.21 million of global money from the Atlanta Braves. The Rangers still have the most dollars of the seven finalists at $3.53 million. The Twins announced the deal will send $1 million in bonus funds to the Mariners for the 21-year-old catcher.

With these trades, the Mariners now have $2.55 million in their global slot money, while the Angels have $2.315 million, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

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. Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos.

Pearson, 19, was selected by the Angels in the third round of the June draft from West Monroe (La.) High School. He played at Class A Everett after signing, batting.236 four home runs and 26 RBI in 36 games. MLB Pipeline rated him as the fifth-best prospect in the Angels' system.

The pitcher/outfielder met representatives of the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets. While there is no timetable for a decision, one can expect it to be made around the winter meetings, which begin on December 10. In a field of frantically signaling suitors, these moves show Ohtani and his people that these teams are both serious about bringing him on. However, he has a slew of endorsements in Japan and likely will add more once he joins the Major League Baseball that help keep him well-financed.

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