In an amazing deadline move, the Dodgers stunned critics and analysts by signing their first round pick, Zach Lee to a five-year deal and a record $5.25M.
Many believed the Dodgers drafted him knowing he had a full ride to LSU as a quarterback, thus avoiding having to sign him to a large contract. Owner Frank McCourt had other ideas. He gave the "okay" to Assistant General Manager of Scouting, Logan White, to aggressively pursue Lee, and it paid off.
Lee's contract more than doubles the dollar amount of Clayton Kershaw's when he was drafted, and the Dodgers are certainly showing they expect him to be the future of the franchise starting rotation.
The quarterback was already practicing with LSU's football squad before the signing. Lee may be able to pursue both sports, following in the footsteps of other legends like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders. However, Lee would be rare in this era to do so, especially as a pitcher.
Fans can expect to be hearing Lee's name for years to come, and likely on the major league roster before 2013.