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"He might go to school,'' White said. "That is always a possibility. We certainly knew that was a possibility when we drafted him.''
Even so, White adamantly denied that the Dodgers would ever draft a player knowing they couldn't sign him.
"I can understand why people might think that,'' he said. "But that is one of those things where people create what they want to create, and it is just so far from the truth. I certainly want to sign Zach Lee, as much as any player I have ever drafted.''
White also dismissed a suggestion that he was under orders from McCourt to tank this year's first-round pick.
Gausman told The Denver Post he too was leaning toward going to college.
"Because of the amount of money that I want, they are going to follow me and see if I'm actually worth that," Gausman told The Post.
"Being drafted in the sixth round, I think I have a chance to next year come out and really be a big influence at LSU and maybe even be their No. 1 guy on the mound," Gausman said. "As of right now, I'm set on [LSU]."
White called Gausman's statement "a normal part of the process."
"He would've been a potential late first-round sandwich pick, but he's got significant signing demands as well," White said. "And he may not sign. We'll see what happens."
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* * *Stat of the Day has a fun list of pitchers who have thrown at least five consecutive starts of eight innings or more, without allowing more than one run – fun because the list of course includes the Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale scoreless inning streaks, as well as Fernando Valenzuela's beginning to the 1981 season. You'll also find Don Sutton and Don Newcombe there.