KANSAS CITY -- A published report speculates that the Royals are likely to take Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal with their first-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Monday night.
The Kansas City Star reported on Sunday that "word leaked" of a provisional agreement between the Royals and Grandal, a switch-hitting junior at the University of Miami. The Royals have the fourth pick behind the Nationals, Pirates and Orioles.
Reportedly, Grandal was eyeing a $6 million signing bonus but the agreement would modify that. The Royals have gone down to the deadline before signing their last two first-round picks, pitcher Aaron Crow and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Asked last week if immediate signability of a player would be a determining factor in a selection, Royals general manager Dayton Moore said:
"No, I wish it was. ... The guys are kind of programmed right now to wait all summer under this current system. You want them out playing but that's the way it is."
The Royals have steadfastly declined to comment on Draft reports.