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Money doesn't seem to be the primary concern for Ohtani, given that the 23-year-old could have stayed in Japan and waited two more years until he was an unrestricted global free agent and made considerably more money.
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.
This is the second time the Mariners have made a move like this to increase their bonus money pool.
Twins acquired OF Jacob Pearson from the Angels for $1 million in worldwide bonus pool money.
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The Mariners gave up catcher David Banuelos, who was one of their top prospects. The Angels - and Mariners - were among seven finalists named by Ohtani, who met with representatives of each team over the past week. Banuelos, 21, hit.236 with four home runs in 36 games for the Class A Everett (Wash.) AquaSox after signing in July. The Twins had $3.2 million in their worldwide pool, but Ohtani narrowed the list of teams he was considering to seven finalists, and the Twins were not on the list. 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.
It is unconfirmed, but the Angels nearly certainly made this deal in order to be able to offer Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani more money. The Rangers, Cubs and Padres also met with Ohtani on Tuesday.
Ohtani has until December 22 to make a decision on what team he will select. They were not among the teams invited to meet with Ohtani, so they didn't have as much use for the extra money. 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. However, he has a slew of endorsements in Japan and likely will add more once he joins the Major League Baseball that help keep him well-financed.
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