Friday, 19 October, 2018

Mariners, Angels acquire int'l slot money

Japan’s Shohei Ohtani greets the umpire while coming to bat in the seventh inning of an international exhibition series baseball game against the Netherlands at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Sunday Nov. 13 2016. TTXOTK2 (Toru Takahash Mariners, Angels acquire int'l slot money
Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 05:40

Dipoto spoke with Seattle reporters on Wednesday afternoon regarding next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., but declined to take any questions regarding Ohtani, as the teams involved all continued to stay mum on the topic. Shortly thereafter, the Angels sent outfield prospect Jacob Pearson to the Twins, also for $1 million in worldwide slot money. Ohtani has met with both the Angels and Mariners after narrowing his list of potential landing spots down to seven this past weekend.

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 23-year-old is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

Banuelos was probably the Mariners' top catching prospect in their minor league system, certainly from a defensive standpoint.

The Angels' third-round pick in June 2017, Pearson hit.226 with a.302 on base percentage in the rookie-level Arizona League this summer. 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.

Banuelos was the Mariners' No. 10 prospect, per, after being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft out of Long Beach State.

Ohtani is listening to offers from the Mariners, who met with Ohtani on Tuesday, and the Angels, who met with him Monday, as well as the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Due to his age, Ohtani can only sign a minor league contract and is subject to the global bonus pool.

The Angels followed suit with a trade of their own with the Twins, adding $1 million as well to bump their available pool to $2.315 million.