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07 December 2017, 05:39 | Joan Schultz

Twins get players from Mariners, Angels for international bonus money

Angels trade prospect to get more money to pursue Shohei Ohtani

A few Major League Baseball teams are gearing up to make themselves as appealing to Shohei Ohtani as possible. But the Mariners general manager's actions speak volumes about their dogged pursuit of the most coveted free agent of the offseason.

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.

The Twins, who had $3.25 in global bonus money available, then picked up outfielder Jacob Pearson from the Angels. The Texas Rangers have the most slot money available with $3,535,000.

Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels, eager to sign the Japanese star, both obtained $1 million in worldwide bonus pool cap space from the Twins on Wednesday and parted with players taken in the June draft. The latest move gives them upwards of $2.5 million to offer Ohtani.

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.

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From Seattle, the Twins get catcher David Banuelos.

Banuelos was drafted in the fifth round out of Long Beach State.

Pearson, rated the Angels' No. 5 prospect by, went nine picks after fellow LSU signee Blayne Enlow, a promising high school right-hander the Twins signed for $2 million. The Angels - and Mariners - were among seven finalists named by Ohtani, who met with representatives of each team over the past week. The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are capped at $300,000.

Ohtani has until December 22 to make a decision on what team he will select.

Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because he is not yet 25, but is expected to make millions in endorsements when he signs. The global bonus pool money is the only additional dollars that teams can pay Ohtani.

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