Toru Takahashi / Associated Press
A pair of teams from the American West League made moves on Wednesday to acquire international money while the baseball world waits to see where the free agent signs Shohei Ohtani.  The Seattle Mariners announced that they traded minor league receiver David Banuelos to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for the money from international slots.
In addition, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on the Los Angeles Angels exchanged outfielder Jacob Pearson for the Twins in exchange for money. Rosenthal suggested that both teams were "clearly adding money for Ohtani," although Pearson previously received a signing bonus of $ 1 million.
Rosenthal noted that Los Angeles received $ 1 million in additional international money as a result of the move.
The acquisition of additional cash is worthy of note, considering AJ Cassavell of MLB.com pointed out the finalists outside of the Mariners and the Angels: the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants-can offer Ohtani only $ 300,000 as bonus.
Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com noted that Ohtani and his representatives met with the seven finalists for the conclusion of Tuesday, suggesting either a choice or a narrowing of the field could be the next step.
Whichever team landed, the free agent of Japan will possibly acquire the first prize in the free agent market. Ohtani seems to be a pitcher with things that reach the three digits on the mound, but he also brings power as a possible designated hitter or outfielder as a two-way player.