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Rays sign Dominican Republic prospect Rondon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have signed 16-year-old Dominican Republic shortstop prospect Adrian Rondon for $2.95 million.

The Rays completed the deal, which was announced Monday, after trading minor league pitcher Matt Ramsey to Miami for the Marlins' second, third and fourth international bonus slots, a move which turn provided the team with $1,000,800 to go toward the signing of Rondon.

Rays director of baseball operations Chaim Bloom describes Rondon as a solid defender who has a chance to be an above-average shortstop with a ''terrific bat'' that could help him develop into an elite player.

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