Mariners, Angels Make Trades to Free Up International Money for Shohei Ohtani

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

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 Mariners traded minor league catcher David Banuelos to the Twins for $1 million in worldwide slot money while the Angels traded outfield prospect Jacob Pearson also to the Twins for an additional $1 million in global bonus pool money.

The Seattle Mariners announced they traded minor league catcher David Banuelos to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for the global slot money.

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 Angels acquired $1 million in global pool space from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Jacob Pearson, rated one of their top prospects.

The move gives the Mariners $2.55 million available to give the highly coveted Ohtani, while the Angels now have $2.315 million.

Banuelos was a fifth-round draft pick this year from Long Beach State. With Low-A Everett, he hit.236/.331/.394 in 146 plate appearances. The team that lands him can sign him to a minor league deal. His elite throwing arm and excellent blocking skills earned him a spot on the NorthWest League's all-star team and made him one of the Mariners better prospects.

The Mariners and Angels were among the seven teams to meet with Ohtani in Los Angeles this week. The Cubs, Dodgers, Giants and Padres are capped at $300,000. The global bonus pool money is the only additional dollars that teams can pay Ohtani. The Angels now have around $2.3 million to offer him. 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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