"I know the questions you all want to ask regarding Shohei Ohtani, but at this time, I'm not going to make any comments on anything to do with Mr. Ohtani", Dipoto said on the call.
Banuelos was probably the Mariners' top catching prospect in their minor league system, certainly from a defensive standpoint.
The Mariners and Angels were among the seven teams to meet with Ohtani in Los Angeles this week.
Banuelos was the Mariners' No. 10 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, after being selected in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft out of Long Beach State. The Seattle Mariners made a similar deal with the Twins in order to acquire worldwide slot money of their own on Wednesday night.
This is significant because the Mariners and Angels are two of seven teams still in the running for Ohtani, who profiles as both a potential ace on the mound and impact hitter at the plate, and Ohtani is subject to the strict bonus limits that cover July 2 global free agents.
Pearson is a 19-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder that was snagged by Los Angeles in the third round out of West Monroe, La. In 65 games at the plate, he hit.332/.403/.540 with eight home runs, 31 RBI and 16 doubles. The team that lands him can sign him to a minor league deal. The Rangers have $3.535 million while the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, and Padres have $300,000 each.
The Twins still have around $1.25 million left from their original bonus pool, which maxed out at $5.75 million and included $500,000 acquired from the Washington Nationals in a trade for all-star closer Brandon Kintzler. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to worldwide spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.