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.
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 MLBPipeline.com, after being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft out of Long Beach State.