The Angels acquired $ 1 million in international bonus money from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, money they can now offer to Japanese pitcher / hitter Shohei Ohtani. The 23-year-old has the Angels as one of his seven finalists and met with them earlier this week.
Ohtani opted to come to Major League Baseball this winter, when his possible bonus will be limited to $ 3.5 million, instead of waiting two years for a probable 10-figure payday. Then, it is clear that money is not your only concern. But, during the last week, the Angels have now acquired $ 2.21 million to offer it anyway, with the desire not to leave stone unturned.
The cost this time was high, one of the team's best prospects, the 19-year-old outfielder Jacob Pearson. In June, the Angels paid the third-round team a $ 1 million bonus to waive a commitment to Louisiana State University.
Also on Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners acquired the same amount of money from the Twins for another recent draft. Then, Seattle stays ahead of the Angels in money to offer Ohtani, while the $ 3.5 million available from the Texas Rangers leads all teams. The Dodgers and the other three teams involved in the National League are limited to offering $ 300,000.
If Ohtani chooses one of the other six clubs, the Angels can deploy the space created in less established international prospects. On Tuesday, they pledged $ 2 million from their 2018-2019 reserve for 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, a top prospect given by the Atlanta Braves after MLB infractions.
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