Reds first-rounder Yasmani Grandal gets major league deal

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University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal, the 12th overall pick in this year’s draft, has signed a major league contract worth $2.99 million with the Reds.
Grandal was projected to go as high as fourth to Kansas City, but his contract demands had some teams wary and it appeared for a time as though he might drop into the latter stages of the first round.
The major league deal means he’ll go right on the 40-man roster. The Reds may say it’s a 2011 contract in order to avoid having him burn an option this year.
Grandal, one of the most polished players available in the draft, hit .401/.527/.721 with 15 homers in 222 at-bats for Miami last season. A switch-hitter, he’s expected to stay behind the plate and move quickly through the system. Maybe he won’t be ready to share time with Hanigan in 2012, but the Reds will be disappointed if he’s not a big part of their team in 2013.

Yankees activate Didi Gregorius from the disabled list

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The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.

Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.

Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.

Mets to place Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.

Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.

Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.

With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.