Two finalists for Shohei Ohtani acquire significant pool money from Twins


Two finalists for Shohei Ohtani acquire significant pool money from Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels each have acquired $1 million in international bonus pool money from the Minnesota Twins, aiding their pursuit of Japanese outfielder and pitcher Shohei Ohtani.

The teams announced the deals Wednesday night. Seattle sent minor league catcher David Banuelos to Minnesota, while the Angels traded minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson to the Twins.

Seattle can now offer Ohtani $2,557,500 and Los Angeles can spend $2,315,000. The Texas Rangers have the most slot money available with $3,535,000. The Giants, Cubs, Dodgers and Padres can only spend $300,000. Seattle, Los Angeles and Texas are among seven teams believed to be in the running for Ohtani.

Minnesota had $3.07 million in bonus pool money before the trades, but it is not among the finalists in the Ohtani bidding.

Banuelos was a fifth-round draft pick this year from Long Beach State. He is considered a strong fielder and was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as one of the nation's top amateur catchers.

Pearson was Los Angeles' third-round selection this year.

Report: New Angels star Shohei Ohtani has damaged UCL

Report: New Angels star Shohei Ohtani has damaged UCL

Depending on how you look at it, the Giants may have dodged a bullet.

Two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, who signed with the Angels last week, reportedly underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment for a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

According to a physical report obtained by Yahoo Sports, Ohtani has a first-degree sprain of his right UCL. Ohtani underwent the procedure on Oct. 20 in Tokyo, according to the report. Teams were made aware of the treatment when Ohtani was entered into the MLB posting system on Dec. 1.

The Giants were one of seven finalists for the pitcher and slugger along with the Angels, Mariners, Rangers, Padres, Cubs and Dodgers.

Ohtani should be able to pitch through the first-degree sprain, but any further damage would likely require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Bruce Bochy mourns loss of passionate Giants fan Ed Lee

Bruce Bochy mourns loss of passionate Giants fan Ed Lee

ORLANDO — Most baseball managers get to know their city’s elected officials over time, but few spend as much time with the mayor as Bruce Bochy did over the past decade. The routine became a familiar one — Bochy’s Giants would win a title, parade down Market Street, and get greeted by a raucous speech from mayor Ed Lee. 

On Tuesday, a few hours after Lee passed away, Bochy shared some memories of the mayor who was a big Giants fan and showed that passion often. 

“I just loved his enthusiasm,” Bochy said. “You saw him during the parades, and when he came to the ballpark, he just had a real passion and enthusiasm for the Giants and the city of San Francisco. It’s a tough loss for the city, just a real sad day, and I feel for his family with how sudden this happened. We’re going to miss him.”

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The news came as a shock to an organization where many got to know the mayor and his staff well. The Giants put out a statement and a few players shared their thoughts on social media. Hunter Pence posted a picture of Lee on his Twitter page and wrote “We’ve always appreciated your great support and passion.” Christian Arroyo tweeted that he met Lee in 2013 on his first visit to AT&T Park. “One of the most genuine humans I have ever met,” Arroyo wrote. “Rest easy, you will be missed.”

Lee, 65, was a regular at the ballpark and often took part in ceremonies on the field before games. Bochy smiled when asked about Lee’s passionate post-parade speeches. 

“He was fired up. He loved it,” Bochy said. “He loved the Giants and he loved being a part of us winning and he had a lot of fun with it. He was great to have around. He was ‘rah-rah’ all the time around the Giants.”