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Dodgers sign No.1 pick Chris Reed [Updated]

Reed_640 Without much of the suspense and intrigue of last season, the Dodgers have signed their No.1 draft pick from the June amateur draft.

Team officials are expected to announce later this morning that they have signed Stanford left-hander Chris Reed, a source confirmed.

[Updated, 11:30 a.m., Aug.12: The Dodgers have officially announced Reed's signing.]

Last year, many didn't give the Dodgers much of a shot at signing their No.1 pick, Zach Lee, because he had committed to LSU to play quarterback. At the eleventh hour, they signed Lee for a club record $5.25 million.

Of course, the team wasn't in bankruptcy then.

Still, there wasn't nearly the organizational angst over signing Reed, a former Reseda Cleveland High School star. The only potential hiccup was that he was represented by agent Scott Boras, who in 2005 represented Luke Hocheva, the last No.1 pick the Dodgers failed to sign.

ESPN L.A.'s Tony Jackson reported that Reed accepted a signing bonus of just under $1.6 million.

Reed is scheduled to be at Friday night's Dodgers game against the Astros. He will be assigned to Class A Rancho Cucamonga, a fairly high start, though it does keep him in California the next month.

The 6-foot-5 Reed was the 16th overall selection in the June draft. In his junior year at Stanford last season, he went 6-2 with nine saves and a 2.65 ERA. He was the Cardinal closer, and although he started only one game, the Dodgers initially plan to use him in the rotation.

Right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan from Oklahoma City University, selected in the fourth round, is now the Dodgers' only top-10 pick who has yet to sign.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Stanford relief pitcher Chris Reed throws to the plate against Fullerton during the seventh inning of an NCAA regional college baseball game on June 4. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press

 
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