The Seattle Mariners made a similar deal with the Twins in order to acquire worldwide slot money of their own on Wednesday night.
The Mariners traded minor league catcher David Banuelos to the Twins for $1 million in global slot money while the Angels traded outfield prospect Jacob Pearson also to the Twins for an additional $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money. Ohtani has met with both the Angels and Mariners after narrowing his list of potential landing spots down to seven this past weekend.
Rosenthal noted the Angels received $1 million in additional global slot money as a result of the move. The other four finalists - the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants - are restricted during this global signing period to no more than $300,000 in any individual signing bonus.
"I know the questions you all want to ask regarding Shohei Ohtani, but at this time, I'm not going to make any comments on anything to do with Mr. Ohtani", Dipoto said on the call. 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. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft out of Long Beach State and signed for a $300,000 bonus. In 40 games of rookie ball, he hit.226/.302/.284 in 176 plate appearances.
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Pearson, 19, was the Angels' No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, although he would have likely fallen one slot when the deal for Kevin Maitan is finalized.
Ohtani's representatives told the Twins on Sunday he would not sign with Minnesota. Also, all three major league outfielders - Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun - are now signed through 2020, at least. Due to his age, Ohtani can only sign a minor league contract and is subject to the worldwide bonus pool.
Minnesota had $3.07 million in bonus pool money before the trades, but it is not among the finalists in the Ohtani bidding.