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Angels trade Jacob Pearson to Twins, acquire international pool money

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The pursuit of Shohei Ohtani continues, with the Angels relinquishing their third round pick from 2016.

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The Angels have just added $1 million in international pool space, just as the Mariners did just prior.

Ken Rosenthal had the scoop:

The amount they received was not insignificant.

The Mariners can still offer Ohtani more than the Angels by approximately $200,000. Texas can offer the most of any remaining team at $3.5 million.

To simplify the trade:

Angels get: $1M in international bonus pool space

Twins get: OF Jacob Pearson

The kicker here is who went to Minnesota: the Angels’ 3rd round pick from just last year. However, as Taylor Blake Ward noted on Twitter, Pearson became expendable due to the Angels’ relative wealth of riches, with Jahmai Jones, Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Michael Hermosillo, Brennon Lund, and Troy Montgomery in the pipeline, among others.

Pearson slashed .226/.302/.284 across the AZL in 2017. MLB Pipeline ranked him the 5th best Angels prospect.