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Zach Lee vs. Zack Wheeler

Updated: October 19, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
By Keith Law

When the Los Angeles Dodgers took right-handed pitcher Zach Lee in the first round of the 2010 Rule 4 Draft, the immediate industry reaction was that the team -- known to be in tight financial straits due to the McCourts' divorce -- had punted the pick, as Lee was probably the most unsignable player in the draft, having turned down inquiries from other clubs involving potential $5 million-plus signing bonuses. The Dodgers took advantage of Lee's dual-sport status and signed him to a backloaded contract worth $5.25 million after he decided against going to LSU to play baseball and football. This was a deal that at least two teams ahead of the Dodgers would have topped had they known he would sign.

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