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Two finalists for Shohei Ohtani acquire significant pool money from Twins

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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.

Giants claim Twins infield prospect off waivers

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Giants claim Twins infield prospect off waivers

Update (3:33 p.m.): The Giants officially announced they have claimed infielder Engelb Vielma.

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The Giants added depth to their middle infield down on the farm with a slick-fielding shortstop recently placed on waivers by the Twins. 

On Thursday, San Francisco reportedly claimed 23-year-old Engelb Vielma off waivers. The news was first reported by Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press and confirmed by Darren Wolfson of KSTP News.

Vielma, 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, hit .286 in 34 games at Double-A this season but then struggled mightily after a promotion to Triple-A. In 87 games facing Triple-A competition, Vielma put together a lowly slash line of .206/.233/.260. 

Over six seasons in the Twins' minor league system, Vielma is a career .256 hitter. 

After the 2016 season, Baseball America ranked Vielma as the Twins' No. 25 overall prospect and MLB Pipeline saw the young infielder as the team's No. 22 prospect.

Instant Analysis: A's block out rumors, walk off on Twins for second day in row

Instant Analysis: A's block out rumors, walk off on Twins for second day in row

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OAKLAND — With all attention on the trade status of Sonny Gray, the A’s put that distraction aside and showed a little grit over the weekend.

They walked off on the Twins for the second day in a row Sunday, registering their biggest comeback win of 2017 in the process.

Down 5-0 at one point, they tied it with two runs in the eighth and won it with Yonder Alonso’s homer in the 12th for a 6-5 victory over Minnesota.

It’s very possible that Sunday’s game is Gray’s final one in an A’s uniform. The New York Yankees are the leading candidate to trade for the coveted right-hander before Monday’s 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. They’ve been engaged in dialogue, but there was no indication of a deal nearing completion by game’s end.

The A’s erased a three-run deficit and won on Rajai Davis’ walk-off homer Saturday night, tying for their biggest comeback win of the season. They outdid that effort Sunday and took the final two of this three-game series.

Alonso jumped on the first pitch from Tyler Duffey with one out in the 12th and drilled his 22nd homer over the wall in right. That snapped a 14-game homeless streak for the A’s All-Star first baseman, who reportedly also is on the Yankees’ radar. A trade that sends both Gray and Alonso to New York is not out of the question.

The A’s nine walk-off wins lead the American League.

Oakland trailed 5-3 in the eighth when Matt Chapman’s two-run double tied the game. The rookie third baseman also turned on a terrific catch of a foul pop up near the A’s dugout, hurdling two water buckets and landing in the dugout after making the grab.

Jharel Cotton, activate from the DL and making his first big league start since July 3, lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, with two homers and five walks allowed.