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Sources: Royals, Yasmani Grandal Have Pre-Draft Agreement

Jun 4, 2010 – 9:23 PM
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Frankie Piliere

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Draft day is not until Monday, but we may have the first big news from this year's event on our hands.

According to multiple industry sources, the Kansas City Royals have an agreement in place with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and will take him with the fourth overall pick in the first round on Monday.

The Royals have looked at a number of options this spring, including college lefties Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale, but have been high on the potentially fast-moving, polished catcher from the start.

Given the nature of the draft, there is no way to completely confirm that a deal is in place until it becomes official on Monday, but industry sources who spoke with FanHouse are confident that the deal has been agreed to. Details of the deal are not yet available and most likely won't be until after the draft.

The right-handed hitting junior has not disappointed scouts who have come out in force to see him this spring, hitting .422 with 14 home runs for the Hurricanes.
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