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Grandal in town, has taken physical

The deadline to sign Draft picks is 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday night. By the looks of things, the Reds should be able to get their deal done with 12th overall pick, Yasmani Grandal.

Reason No. 1 — Grandal is already in town. The former Univ. of Miami catcher has spent the last two nights watching the Reds-Marlins games from general manager Walt Jocketty’s suite, seated next to suspended manager Dusty Baker.

Reason No. 2 — Grandal has already taken his physical.

“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.”

If the Reds are unable to sign him before 11:59 p.m. ET Monday, they lose their rights to him and he goes back into the draft pool. Cincinnati would receive a compensatory pick for the 2011 Draft in the same slot where Grandal was picked.

Jocketty flew to Phoenix Sunday morning ahead of the upcoming Reds road trip against the Diamondbacks and planned to watch the organization’s rookie-level team play Sunday night. It also makes him available to negotiate throughout the day during the Reds’ off day on Monday.

“It’ll go until tomorrow and we hope to get it done by tomorrow,” Jocketty said of talks

I asked Jocketty if a 40-man roster spot was in play for Grandal during the talks. The Reds have a full roster and little maneuverability in that regard if that is part of the proposals.

“I don’t want to comment on that yet. Not until everything is done,” Jocketty said.

Here is the story on MLB.com/Reds.com.

Tuesday vs. SF

Tues lineup vs. Giants

Cabrera 6
Phillips 4
Votto 3
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Nix 7
Heisey 8
Hernandez 2
LeCure 1

*Laynce Nix is 4-for-7 (.571) with one homer lifetime against Giants starter Matt Cain. Joey Votto is 4-for-12 (.333) and Orlando Cabrera is 3-for-10 (.300) with two homers against Cain.

“Match-up stuff,” manager Dusty Baker said about the different look to the lineup. “The only guy we have that hits Cain pretty good really, is Nix. Heisey has proven he can hit that fastball.”

*With Arthur Rhodes hurting with a sore right foot, Baker said he hasn’t considered putting his best reliever on the disabled list.

“I certainly don’t want it to come to that. He doesn’t want that,” Baker said Tuesday.

Rhodes said last night his foot only hurts on certain pitches. When asked if there are some days Rhodes isn’t available because of the foot, Baker didn’t completely answer but reiterated the need to pick and choose how he uses Rhodes.

“I also have to monitor his workload too,” Baker said. “I try not to go more than a couple of days in a row with him. I try not to go more than one-inning stints with him. Otherwise, I have to give him a couple of days off. It makes it tough when he’s the hottest guy in your bullpen. But you also know that he’s 40 years old. He’s a guy coming off Tommy John [surgery] a couple of years ago. I’ve got to have him July, August, September and hopefully, October. If you wear down one of your main horses, then what do you have?

“I know Arthur pretty well. I can read him pretty good, regardless of what he says. Most of the time, he’ll tell you when he needs a blow.”

*Reds first-round pick Yasmani Grandal was named a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award — which is given to the best amateur player in the country. Grandal is playing a 1 p.m. ET game, hoping to reach him via conference call later today.

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