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Angels acquire global slot money in deal with Twins

Angels acquire global slot money in deal with Twins

The Angels and Seattle Mariners, two of the three finalists for Shoehei Ohtani who have financial wiggle room, engaged in a duel of deals to get more money to pursue the Japanese superstar on Wednesday night.

The Seattle Mariners announced they traded minor league catcher David Banuelos to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for the global slot money.

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.

Ohtani, the 23-year-old two-way star, is not believed to put a high priority on finances as he makes his decision, which must come by December 22.

From Seattle, the Twins get catcher David Banuelos. 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.




This is significant because the Mariners and Angels are two of seven teams still in the running for Ohtani, who profiles as both a potential ace on the mound and impact hitter at the plate, and Ohtani is subject to the strict bonus limits that cover July 2 worldwide free agents.

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. The Twins had $3.2 million in their global pool, but Ohtani narrowed the list of teams he was considering to seven finalists, and the Twins were not on the list.

Ohtani has until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22 to sign with a major league team.

Whichever team lands the free agent from Japan will acquire arguably the top prize on the free-agent market.

Mariners sent catching prospect David Banuelos to the Twins for $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to global spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.