Mariners, Angels Make Trades to Free Up International Money for Shohei Ohtani

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

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

What's more, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the Los Angeles Angels traded outfielder Jacob Pearson to the Twins in exchange for money. Rosenthal suggested both teams were "clearly adding money for Ohtani," although Pearson previously received a $1 million signing bonus.


This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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