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Report: Dodgers assistant GM 'cautiously optimistic' club will sign McKinney's Zach Lee
Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that he's "cautiously optimistic" the organization will sign McKinney's Zach Lee after selecting the Dallas-area two-sport star with the 28th overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
"As the summer plays out, you'll see the effort will be made. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that we're going to get him to sign," White said, according to the report. "It's really going to be Zach's decision."
In the report, White denied the Dodgers selected Lee with no intentions of signing him simply to save money since the team has a track record of not offering eye-popping signing bonuses. The organization's ownership is also going through a bit of a rough patch as Frank and Jamie McCourt endure a much-publicized divorce.
"I understand the concern," White said. "I can only give you my word. I've always been straight up. I've always tried to take the best player."
According to MLB.com, the largest bonus the Dodgers have given a draft pick is $2.3 million. That offer went to former Highland Park pitching standout Clayton Kershaw in 2006. Various reports say Lee is asking anywhere from $3-5 million for a signing bonus.
A dual athlete at McKinney who has signed a letter of intent to play football at LSU, Lee had 11 victories, a 2.15 ERA and 90 strikeouts this baseball season. He still plans to participate in LSU's summer football workouts, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The deadline for draft picks to sign with their respective teams is Aug. 16.