The Rundown: Money for Nothing and Your Twins for Free, Schwarber Rumors, Giants Bad at Recruiting

Good grief. Have you ever gone out of your way to impress somebody, or perhaps spend beyond your capacity, because you thought it might make you look more attractive? The Minnesota Twins took advantage of two overzealous teams yesterday, trading away IFA bonus slot money to the Mariners and Angels in exchange for prospects.

The Twins had no use for the money since they had been declared out of the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes almost immediately, and apparently had no interest in the flock of Braves prospects declared free agents by commissioner Rob Manfred last week. So they leveraged $2 million worth of what essentially amounts to cryptocurrency to acquire OF prospect Jacob Pearson from the Angels and C prospect David Banuelos from the Twins. A nice haul for nothing.

It looks to me like the Twins took advantage of a panic-buying situation to help pad maximum IFA bonus allotments for both teams. Still, and again, money isn’t a factor and even if it were, neither team leapfrogged the Rangers in available funds. Do we even have to handicap the pursuit of Ohtani by max bonus?

  • Rangers $3.53M
  • Mariners $2.56M
  • Angels $2.315M
  • Cubs, Dodgers, Padres, and Giants $300,000

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Source:: Cubs Insider

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