Mariners and Angels add $1M apiece from Twins to pursue Shohei Ohtani

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Dipoto spoke with Seattle reporters on Wednesday afternoon regarding next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., but declined to take any questions regarding Ohtani, as the teams involved all continued to stay mum on the topic.

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

Banuelos immediately becomes the top catching prospect in the Twins' system, ahead of 2016 second-rounder Ben Rortvedt and projected 2018 backup Mitch Garver, their minor league player of the year.

Seattle can now offer Ohtani $2,557,500 and Los Angeles can spend $2,315,000.

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Banuelos was drafted in the fifth round out of Long Beach State.

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.

Rosenthal noted the Angels received $1 million in additional worldwide slot money as a result of the move. 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.

Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com noted Ohtani and his representatives met with all seven finalists by the conclusion of Tuesday, suggesting either a choice or a narrowing of the field could be the next step. The Rangers have $3.535 million while the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, and Padres have $300,000 each.

Minnesota had $3.07 million in bonus pool money before the trades, but it is not among the finalists in the Ohtani bidding. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to worldwide spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.

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