Angels acquire global slot money in deal with Twins

Angels acquire global slot money in deal with Twins

Both the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels acquired $1 million in global bonus slot space from the Minnesota Twins, presumably to add to the amount they can offer as a signing bonus to the Japanese star.

Los Angeles paid Pearson, 19, above slot at $1 million to keep him from signing with LSU after taking him in the third round in June.

Banuelos immediately becomes the top catching prospect in the Twins' system, ahead of 2016 second-rounder Ben Rortvedt and projected 2018 backup Mitch Garver, their minor league player of the year.

Banuelos was drafted in the fifth round out of Long Beach State. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles. In essence, the Twins added two high draft picks to their 2017 class at a nominal cost. "I am Offically a Twin and can not be more excited!"

With both the Mariners and Angels making these trades, both appear confident they are close enough to landing Ohtani that adding an extra $1 million to his signing bonus might sway his decision.

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Ohtani's representatives told the Twins on Sunday he would not sign with Minnesota.

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.

Whichever team Ohtani chooses to sign with will owe his Japanese club a $20 million posting fee.

Rosenthal noted the Angels received $1 million in additional worldwide slot money as a result of the move. The other four contending teams - the Cubs, Padres, Giants and Dodgers - are all capped at $300,000 that they can offer. He remains a free agent. 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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