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.

Report: Mets close to a deal with Jose Bautista

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SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.

Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.

Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.

It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.