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Live from Disney: Winter meetings update, day 2 – with some news

UPDATE, 8:45: Tommy Hunter parlayed his solid 2017 season with the Rays into a two-year deal with the Phillies.

UPDATE, 7:13: Unexpected sighting in the meetings lobby: Luke Scott, who looked in great shape at 39 and is at least talking about playing again. Played for Astros,Orioles and Rays in the majors, last in 2015 with the  Blue Jays Triple-A team.

UPDATE, 6:30: Rays GM Erik Neander said they had lots of talks today on potential trades and free agents but "nothing to report, nothing that's particularly close." … He said they added Schimpf based on his power potential and that acquiring three infielders in the last two weeks was not a sign they were planning to trade their front-liners. … Neander declined comment on the report of a deal with Marte, which could mean there's talks that haven't been finalized and also that the Rays need to first acquire some pool money in a deal first.

UPDATE, 3:05: In an interesting move to bolster their young minor-league  talent core, the Rays have reportedly struck a deal with Jelfry Marte, a 16-year-old Dominican who originally signed with the Twins for $3-million but had his contract voided because of a vision issue, per Jesse Sanchez of mlb.com. With only about $440,000 in their international signing pool the Rays may have to make a trade to add more. Marte was ranked the No. 3 international prospect last summer by mlbpipeline.com.

UPDATE, 3:00: The Yankees made the only major move of the day to this point, sending 3B Chase Headley and RHP Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for OF Jabari Blash. … The Rays made a small deal in acquiring INF Ryan Schimpf from the Padres. … Otherwise it's been mostly just talk again.

DEVELOPING: The Rays have talked about a lot of things but not done much so far at the winter meetings, but that could change today.

They have offers on the table for closer Alex Colome, and some of the interested teams – such as the Cardinals and Rockies – are said to be aggressive in their pursuit.

Overall there hasn't been much action yet as most teams spend the initial days gathering info, and finalizing details, on both free-agent and trade possibilities and then deciding.

The Rays did make one small deal on Monday, acquiring INF Joey Wendle from the A's for cash or a player to be named.

Overall, the Rays are still deciding whether to go for an extensive rebuild, maintain the core of their team to try to compete for a playoff spot or end up somewhere in the middle. The Yankees addition of NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton could impact that decision.

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