Twins use worldwide bonus money to acquire two minor-league prospects

Twins use worldwide bonus money to acquire two minor-league prospects

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.

Rosenthal notes that the Mariners now have $2.55 million in worldwide slot money while the Angels have $2.315 million. That additional money gives the Mariners a total of $2.55 million in their bonus pool to offer Ohtani.

The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels each have acquired $1 million in global bonus pool money from the Minnesota Twins, aiding their pursuit of Japanese outfielder and pitcher Shohei Ohtani.

A couple of American League West teams made moves Wednesday to acquire global slot money while the baseball world waits to see where free agent Shohei Ohtani signs.

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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.

Pearson was Los Angeles' third-round selection this year. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles.

For the Twins, they were informed on Sunday that they were not a finalist for Ohtani's services, so they made a decision to cash in a large chunk of their remaining bonus slot money - Minnesota had $3.245 million to spend, per the Associated Press - they had earmarked for Ohtani to acquire a pair of prospects.

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. 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. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to global spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.