SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports & # 39; Steve Gardner discusses the main landing sites for the two-way star Ohtani, the player called the Japanese Babe Ruth.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels have acquired $ 1 million in international bonus money from the Minnesota Twins, helping their pursuit of the outfielder and pitcher Japanese Shohei Ohtani. [19659017] The teams announced the offers on Wednesday night. Seattle sent minor league receiver David Banuelos to Minnesota, while the Angels traded minor outfielder Jacob Pearson for the Twins.

Seattle can now offer Ohtani $ 2,557,500 and Los Angeles can spend $ 2,315,000. The Texas Rangers have the most money available with $ 3,535,000. Seattle, Los Angeles and Texas are among the seven teams that are believed to be competing for Ohtani.


Minnesota had $ 3.07 million in bonus money before exchanges, but is not among the finalists in the Ohtani tender.

Bañuelos was a fifth-round selection in this year's Long Beach State draft. He is considered a strong fielder and was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as one of the best amateur receivers in the country.

Pearson was selected in the third round of Los Angeles this year.

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