Twins get players from Mariners, Angels for global bonus 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

That's completely separate from the money Ohtani will make.

A couple of American League West teams made moves Wednesday to acquire worldwide slot money while the baseball world waits to see where free agent Shohei Ohtani signs. Seattle sent minor league catcher David Banuelos to Minnesota, while the Angels traded minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson to the Twins. He remains a free agent.

The Twins ended up with $3.25 million in worldwide bonus money when they voided the contract of Jelfry Marte, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic. The Rangers still have the most dollars of the seven finalists at $3.53 million.

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.

The Angels, who last week picked up $1.21 million in a trade with the Braves, are up to $2.315 million. He was a fifth-round pick out of Long Beach State.

Ohtani was put up for bid on December 1 by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee and met with the Mariners, Angels, Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs in-person this week. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the 10th-best prospect in Mariners system. The Dodgers, Angels and Giants met with him on Monday. The global bonus pool money is the only additional dollars that teams can pay Ohtani.

A delegation from the Mariners met with Ohtani on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the offices of Creative Artists Agency. Because he's under age 25, he can only sign a minor league rookie contract, meaning he will make the league minimum for the first three seasons before becoming arbitration eligible.

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