Dodgers Get Chris Reed At A Nice Price





LOS ANGELES—Logan White may be a bit of a procrastinator, but give him this: He's never late.

White, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for scouting, needed more than two months to land Chris Reed, the team's top pick in the June draft, getting the Stanford lefthander to agree to a $1.589 million bonus three days before the signing deadline. But that's better than he did last year, when he signed top pick Zach Lee with less than an hour to spare.

When it was over, though, Reed seemed more relieved than his new boss.

"Obviously everybody wants to go play right away and compete," said Reed, the 16th overall pick who went 6-2, 2.56 and nine saves last season with the Cardinal.

Signability was a big concern for the Dodgers, whose financial problems under Frank McCourt have been well chronicled. And though Reed was represented by the hard-bargaining Scott Boras, the Dodgers paid just $77,000 above slot.

Reed, 21, was born in London but played high school ball just a half-hour from Dodger Stadium. If he makes it to the majors, he would be the first Brit in Dodgers history.

That, White said, could happen sooner rather than later. The Dodgers intend to move the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder to the rotation. Even so, White says Reed could be in the big leagues by 2013.

Reed's fastball touches 96 mph with late movement and he also has a hard slider and an improving changeup. In an unusual move for a pitcher signing so late, the Dodgers started Reed in the high Class A California League with playoff-bound Rancho Cucamonga. He yielded two runs in four innings with seven strikeouts and one walk in his first two starts.

"It's just more making sure he's in good shape, not rushing him," White said. "It's just tough to progress to more than four or five innings with three and a half weeks left in the season."

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

• The Dodgers also came to terms with fourth-round pick Ryan O'Sullivan. Jamaal Moore, a prep lefthander from Los Angeles, was the only one of the Dodgers' top 12 picks not to sign. White signed 29 of his 50 draft picks overall.

• Catcher Tim Federowicz and righthander Stephen Fife, acquired from the Red Sox in a three-team trade-deadline deal that sent Trayvon Robinson to the Mariners, got off to fast starts with their new organization. Federowicz hit three homers and drove in six runs in his first three games for Triple-A Albuquerque while Fife went 2-0, 1.64 in his first two starts for Double-A Chattanooga.