ROUND 'EM UP - The Reds haven't yet released a list of their first batch of signees from this year's draft, but one of their top picks made it official Friday.
Center fielder Justin Reed from Jackson, Miss., the Reds' fourth-round pick, told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger his bonus was more than $300,000. Reed had a football scholarship to the University of Mississippi but will shelve those ambitions and join other Reds rookies at a mini-camp set to begin this weekend in Sarasota.
Cincinnati's top draft pick, Texas outfielder Drew Stubbs, is still at least a couple of days away from a deal. Senior director of scouting Chris Buckley said Friday that Stubbs asked for some time to move his belongings from Austin back to his hometown of Atlanta, Texas.
"We're hoping either sometime over the weekend or early next week, we'll really get going on (negotiations)," said Buckley. "I expect we'll move very quickly."
Talks with Stubbs' college roommate Carson Kainer, the Reds' 14th-round pick, were delayed for more painful reasons. The outfielder had his wisdom teeth pulled Friday.