Ohtani was put up for bid on December 1 by the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee and met with the Mariners, Angels, Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs in-person this week. The Angels - and Mariners - were among seven finalists named by Ohtani, who met with representatives of each team over the past week. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to worldwide spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.
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.
The Angels also acquired $1.21 million in worldwide bonus space last week in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for Jim Johnson.
The Twins were unable to make it to the final round in the competition for Shohei Ohtani, but they still found a way to capitalize on the mania surrounding the two-way Japanese sensation. The Angels will have to use their worldwide pool money in order to sign Ohtani. One might be right, though one or both will also be wrong. Both still trail the Texas Rangers, at $3.535 million.
The Angels' third-round pick in June 2017, Pearson hit.226 with a.302 on base percentage in the rookie-level Arizona League this summer.
On the Twins' side of things, Banuelos, a fifth-rounder out of Long Beach State drafted just this year, put up a.725 OPS across 36 games in the Northwest League in 2017.
Ohtani has until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 22 to sign with a major league team.
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