Mariners and Angels add $1M apiece from Twins to pursue Shohei Ohtani

Report: Teams Complaining About Shohei Ohtani's Recruiting Process

Report: Teams Complaining About Shohei Ohtani's Recruiting Process

Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos. Banuelos, 21, hit.236 with four home runs in 36 games for the Class A Everett (Wash.) AquaSox after signing in July. With $3.245 million available, the Twins decided it was best to use $2 million of it for two prospects who were both drafted in 2017 and are closer to the Majors and easier to evaluate than the 16-year-olds that are usually signed with worldwide bonus money.

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.

Pearson was a third-round pick in 2017 by the Angels out of high school in Louisiana, and in his professional debut hit.226/.302/.284 in 40 games in the Arizona Rookie League. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft out of Long Beach State and signed for a $300,000 bonus.

"I would love to thank the Angels for everything".

Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com noted Ohtani and his representatives met with all seven finalists by the conclusion of Tuesday, suggesting either a choice or a narrowing of the field could be the next step.

Ohtani, 23, is a two-way star in Japan who wants to try to do the same in Major League Baseball. The Texas Rangers have the most slot money available with $3,535,000. The team that lands him can sign him to a minor league deal. Teams, including the Rangers, could continue to add money in that period to try to present Ohtani the best possible financial package.

The Angels also acquired $1.21 million in worldwide bonus space last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for Jim Johnson.

The Twins could still look to re-sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte, the 16-year-old prospect whose $3 million signing bonus was voided last month due to concerns about his vision. But the Mariners general manager's actions speak volumes about their dogged pursuit of the most coveted free agent of the offseason.

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