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Rays reportedly sign int'l SS prospect Marte

Sixteen-year-old initially signed with Twins before contract voided; talks continue at Meetings
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Day 2 of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings saw the Rays make a trade, reportedly reach an agreement on an international signing and talk to a lot of teams and free agents.

Early in the day, the Rays traded Minor Leaguer Deion Tansel to the Padres for slugging infielder Ryan Schimpf. Later, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported via Twitter that the Rays and Jelfry Marte have agreed to a deal, but the deal has not been finalized.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Day 2 of Major League Baseball's Winter Meetings saw the Rays make a trade, reportedly reach an agreement on an international signing and talk to a lot of teams and free agents.

Early in the day, the Rays traded Minor Leaguer Deion Tansel to the Padres for slugging infielder Ryan Schimpf. Later, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported via Twitter that the Rays and Jelfry Marte have agreed to a deal, but the deal has not been finalized.

Tweet from @JesseSanchezMLB: Source: Jelfry Marte has agreed to a deal with the Rays. Marte originally signed with the Twins for $3M but his contract was voided because of a vision issue. Could mean Rays are trading for int���l money. They have est. $440K to spend during the current int���l period. @MLBPipeline

Marte originally signed with the Twins for $3 million, but the 16-year-old shortstop's contract was voided because of a vision issue.

Rays general manager Erik Neander did not confirm the deal when asked.

The Rays have approximately $440,000 to spend during the current international signing period. If such a signing were to take place, the team would likely have to acquire additional funds to spend.

Rumors and speculation about Rays players heading to other teams via trades continued to dominate any conversations involving Tampa Bay. Chris Archer, Evan Longoria, Jake Odorizzi and Alex Colome are the names most often mentioned in hypothetical deals across the board.

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Neander characterized the day as having met with about the same amount of free agents as other teams.

"Still a lot of conversations," Neander said. "... We're exploring ways to get better."

Tuesday night, Rays Major League coaches showed at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort for a party for the organization's affiliates. Neander noted that their doing so was a "pretty cool thing" as the group traveled to Lake Buena Vista to "express thanks to all of our affiliates."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Tampa Bay Rays, Ryan Schimpf