Reds To Sign Yasmani Grandal

The Reds will sign first-round catcher Yasmani Grandal to a major league deal worth $2.99MM, according to's Jonathan Mayo. Jon Heyman of also hears that Grandal will sign for $2.9MM (Twitter link). The University of Miami product becomes the first 2010 draftee to sign a major league deal and will receive a 40-man roster spot.

Grandal, still just 21, played on the 2009 USA Baseball national team. The Red Sox drafted him in the 27th round of the 2007 draft, but he did not sign.

Now 14 first-round picks remain unsigned.

25 Responses to Reds To Sign Yasmani Grandal Leave a Reply

  1. iains 5 years ago

    Wow.. That kinda skews things with the Jays negotiating with Deck McGuire

  2. jwredsox 5 years ago

    Major League Deal?????
    For a catcher?????
    Did he call his own games at Miami?

    • iains 5 years ago

      Just means he’s immediately on the 40 man roster… although it does shorten up his minor league time. I’m guessing the Reds are really thin at catcher.

      • jwredsox 5 years ago

        I’m just wondering where he will play. Most college catchers take a while in the minors because they have to learn to call games which is something most don’t do while in college. And they were thin at catcher last I saw.

  3. Ethanator99 5 years ago

    Now who are the Reds going to take off their roster? Am I the only one that is infurated at these Kids thinking they deserve to be on a Major League roster without playing a single professional game?

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      Not many drafted players demand a major league deal. I bet this has nothing to do with Grandel’s demands but more of the Red’s fault.

  4. TheBunk 5 years ago

    Wow, great work Reds, this is going to really mess things up now.

    • How does it mess things up now… lol.. some posts on here just make me laugh out loud when I read them. Anyway……. Bad move still to make this a major league deal but even though we need to drop someone off the 40 man I am sure there is someone that can fall off without too much pain involved. The money seems fair… I just hope this guys hype is as big as hit bat and catching skills are.

      Would have preferred the contract not be a major league deal for sure but who knows maybe they said to the Reds they wanted this or they would not sign. Nobody but the Reds staff knows.

  5. Sniderlover 5 years ago

    This is so stupid. I can`t believe these draftees are already getting on the 40-man roster when they are years away from doing anything.

    MLB draft picks signing makes absolutely zero sense.

    • iains 5 years ago

      Don’t forget Grandal was picked right after McGuire.. this one really throws a monkey wrench into the works

    • camisadelgolf 5 years ago

      Mike Leake says ‘hi’.

  6. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    Zach Cox is gonna get PAID

  7. Put him on the Mike Leake fast track.

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      I think the HGH theory is not real at all. First I don’t think Grandal’s agent would be dumb enough to demand a ML deal for a catcher which is the hardest position to groom for the majors and 2, if he did demand the deal it would be to reach Super 2 and get to arbitration faster = more money.

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      Your edit makes my post look really out of place

  8. Gunner65 5 years ago

    Nice … Reds have all top 15 picks signed … some scouts feel he isn’t going to need a lot of time in the minors because he has been calling games with the Canes … just needs to clean up his footwork.

    • Oh sweet was wondering if anyone had seen this guy or knew anything about him.
      Like you I am thrilled about the top 15 being signed. #6 was signed tonight too if you didn’t hear.

    • jwredsox 5 years ago

      Alright so he did call signs at Miami. That was what I was wondering. I which case he should be capable of being pretty ML ready.

  9. camisadelgolf 5 years ago

    Yonder Alonso, who has the same agent as Grandal, signed a Major League deal back in 2008, and Alonso won’t need to stick to a Major League roster until 2013. The deal for Grandal means the same thing in that he won’t need to be ready for MLB until 2015.
    2010 = no option used due to less than 20 days spent on an optional assignment
    2011 = first option year
    2012 = second option year
    2013 = third option year
    2014 = qualifies for a fourth option year as a result of having less than five full seasons as a professional
    2015 = must stick with a Major League roster or risk being lost on waivers

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  11. camisadelgolf 5 years ago

    what1233456, you have no idea what you’re talking about. I am 100% correct, and you are 100% wrong. As you’ll notice, Alonso has 0.018 of service time. This was the Reds’ way of calling him up in 2008 so he wouldn’t burn an option year the year he was drafted. He never had a single appearance with the Reds, but it was merely a paper move. It was a very clever way to prevent using an option, and they’ll do the same thing with Grandal in 2010.

    To go into further detail, Grandal will spend four or five days with the AZL Reds to get his feet wet, and following that, he’ll go to the Lynchburg Hillcats. Lynchburg’s season ends in two weeks, so Grandal’s optional assignment will last about 15 days before being called up to the Reds. Therefore, because the assignment is less than 20 days, an option will not be burned.

    However, if he isn’t called up to the Major Leagues like Alonso was in 2008, an option year will be used, which would mean that he would need to stick to the big league roster in 2014 instead.

  12. camisadelgolf 5 years ago

    Yes, he was. I would know. It was merely a paper move. An option was not used for Alonso in 2008. What is your source?

  13. camisadelgolf 5 years ago

    Am I Alonso or Jocketty? No. But I would know because I was working for the team at the time. I remember when he was ‘called up’ (if I recall correctly, we were in Arizona at the time), but he didn’t physically report to the clubhouse because we told him there was never an intention of using him.

  14. camisadelgolf 5 years ago

    Yes, I know Zach. I don’t know Katie all that well, but I’m very familiar with Lisa. Were you at Katie’s wedding by any chance?

  15. camisadelgolf 5 years ago

    About a year ago. How did you know them?

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