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Report: Angels acquire $1 million in international slot money from the Twins

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels have acquired $1 million in international slot money from the Twins in exchange for minor league outfielder Jacob Pearson. This comes on the heels of the Mariners acquiring international slot money, also from the Twins, just minutes earlier.

Pearson, 19, was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 2017 draft. In 40 games of rookie ball, he hit .226/.302/.284 in 176 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the fifth-best prospect in the Angels’ system.

It is unconfirmed, but the Angels almost certainly made this deal in order to be able to offer Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani more money. The Angels — and Mariners — were among seven finalists named by Ohtani, who met with representatives of each team over the past week.

Rosenthal notes that the Mariners now have $2.55 million in international slot money while the Angels have $2.315 million. The Rangers have $3.535 million while the Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, and Padres have $300,000 each.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.