Reds’ negotiations with top pick progressing

By Mark Sheldon /

08/15/10 12:06 PM ET

The Reds 2010 1st Round PickCINCINNATI — In all likelihood, the Reds won’t have Yasmani Grandal signed and sealed until Monday before the deadline to sign all players taken in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

However, Grandal has at least already been delivered to Cincinnati. The former University of Miami catcher has spent the past two nights watching the Reds-Marlins games from general manager Walt Jocketty’s suite, seated next to suspended manager Dusty Baker.

“They’re progressing,” Jocketty said of the talks with Grandal’s agent, Greg Genske. “We had him in [Saturday] for a physical. We wanted to get it out of the way, so we didn’t have to wait until the last minute.”

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