The Mariners and Angels are two of seven finalists for Ohtani's services, trying to land the 23-year-old who was posted Friday by the Nippon Ham Fighters. Once he has reached a decision on who to play for, the team and Ohtani will have until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22 to sign a contract.
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. This move comes moments after the Mariners traded catching prospect David Banuelos to the Twins for the same amount of global funds.
The Giants, Dodgers, Padres and Cubs can only offer Ohtani a bonus of $300,000 because they exceeded their bonus pool under the previous collective bargaining agreement. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to worldwide spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market. The Angels now have around $2.3 million to offer him.
The Twins were unable to make it to the final round in the competition for Shohei Ohtani, but they still found a way to capitalize on the mania surrounding the two-way Japanese sensation.
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Minnesota had $3.07 million in bonus pool money before the trades, but it is not among the finalists in the Ohtani bidding. One might be right, though one or both will also be wrong.
Pearson was a third-round pick in 2017 by the Angels out of high school in Louisiana, and in his professional debut hit.226/.302/.284 in 40 games in the Arizona Rookie League. Banuelos, 21, hit.236 with four home runs in 36 games for the Class A Everett (Wash.) AquaSox after signing in July.
Banuelos was the Mariners' No. 10 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, after being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft out of Long Beach State.
The Twins could still look to re-sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte, the 16-year-old prospect whose $3 million signing bonus was voided last month due to concerns about his vision.