Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels, eager to sign the Japanese star, both obtained $1 million in worldwide bonus pool cap space from the Twins on Wednesday and parted with players taken in the June draft.
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. Going to the Twins will be catching prospect David Banuelos.
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. He played 40 games for the Rookie League AZL Angels last season, hitting.226. In essence, the Twins added two high draft picks to their 2017 class at a nominal cost.
Ohtani's representatives told the Twins on Sunday he would not sign with Minnesota.
Acquiring the additional cash is noteworthy, considering AJ Cassavell of MLB.com pointed out the finalists outside of the Mariners and Angels-the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants-can offer Ohtani only $300,000 as a bonus.
Ohtani, 23, is a two-way star in Japan who wants to try to do the same in Major League Baseball.
The Angels also made a trade with the Twins to add $1 million in signing bonus space.
Whichever team Ohtani chooses to sign with will owe his Japanese club a $20 million posting fee. But the Mariners general manager's actions speak volumes about their dogged pursuit of the most coveted free agent of the offseason.
Only the Texas Rangers can offer the 23-year-old two-way phenom more money with $3.535 million available in their worldwide bonus pool. Because Ohtani is under 25 he is subject to global spending limits, which severely limits his earning power on the free market.