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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.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.