Mariners acquire $1 million in international slot money from the Twins

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The Mariners announced on Wednesday evening that the club acquired $1 million in international slot money from the Twins in exchange for minor league catcher David Banuelos.

Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani met with representatives from seven different teams, including the Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, Rangers, Giants, Cubs, and Angels. It’s easy to make the connection between tonight’s deal and the Mariners’ interest in Ohtani.

Banuelos, 21, was selected by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. With Low-A Everett, he hit .236/.331/.394 in 146 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline ranked him as the 10th-best prospect in Mariners system.

Jon Morosi reports that another unnamed team is on the verge of acquiring international slot money, so it appears things are starting to really heat up on the Ohtani front.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.