Zach Lee Says He Hasn't Heard from Dodgers Since Draft Day
Well, it appears they're at it again. When the Dodgers used their first-round pick on Texas high school pitcher Zach Lee back in June, just about everyone immediately pegged it as a cost-saving move, given that Lee was a mortal lock to attend college at LSU. The Los Angeles front office said all the right things at the time, but if this story is to be believed, drafting Lee was exactly what it seemed: L.A. picking a guy it knew wouldn't sign, thus saving a few million this year and picking up a compensatory pick in next year's draft -- when more cash might be available at Chavez Ravine -- for good measure.
Lee was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country and has been in Baton Rouge since the day after the draft, apparently focused on nothing but preparing for the upcoming football season. That probably would have been his focus anyway, but it helps that, according to Lee, he hasn't heard from the Dodgers since draft day.
"I haven't really heard anything from them," Lee said. "As far as I'm concerned, I'm here to stay until something else happens. And I don't really see it happening."
He'll know either way by Monday night, with the signing deadline for players from this year's draft looming at midnight ET Tuesday.
Lee plans to pitch for the Tigers' baseball team in the spring, keeping his options open as far as his future career path goes. But it doesn't sound like he'll be donning any uniform but LSU's for the time being.
"I really don't know what they're going to try to do," Lee said of the Dodgers. "I could see it working either way, where they could not have an offer or they could try to produce an offer late. So right now, I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing. I'm just going to try and focus here as much as possible until something else changes."