LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers executive who selected Stanford University left-hander Chris Reed with the team's first pick in this year's amateur draft said Tuesday he believes Reed will agree to terms before Monday's deadline.
"I'm really optimistic,'' said Logan White, the Dodgers assistant general manager for scouting. "When we took Chris in the draft, he was the best guy available, and we still feel that way. He is certainly looking forward to being a Dodger at this point.''
The Dodgers came within about a half hour of last year's deadline before announcing they had come to terms with first-round pick Zach Lee, a high school right-hander out of McKinney, Texas, who received a $5.25 million signing bonus spread over five years.
Although Reed was taken higher in this year's draft than Lee was in last year's, Lee was paid far above "slot'' because he had a scholarship offer in hand to play quarterback for Louisiana State University, and he probably would have been drafted much higher than the 28th overall pick if he hadn't made it clear he planned to honor his commitment to LSU.
Reed was drafted with the 16th overall pick, but if he does agree to terms, it probably will be at a figure far lower than what was given to Lee, whom the Dodgers paid a premium to spurn LSU and commit solely to baseball. White's optimism about signing Reed with the deadline just six days away could be an indication that an agreement is imminent.
Reed, 21, attended Cleveland High School in Reseda. As a Stanford junior this spring, he posted a 2.56 ERA in one start and 29 relief appearances and notched nine saves.
The Dodgers haven't failed to sign their top draft pick since 2005, when they took University of Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar, who wound up going to the Kansas City Royals with the first overall pick the following year. Just as Hochevar was then, Reed is being advised by notorious hardball agent Scott Boras.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.