Sources: Dodgers, Joc Pederson agree
ATLANTA -- Joc Pederson, a center fielder from Palo Alto High School and the Los Angeles Dodgers' 11th-round pick in this year's draft, has agreed to terms with the club on a $600,000 bonus, a figure that could be the largest awarded by the Dodgers to any of their 2010 draftees, multiple sources confirmed on Monday.
Logan White, the Dodgers' assistant general manager for amateur scouting, said the deal with Pederson wasn't complete. But the deal is believed to be completed in principle and set to become official when Pederson passes a physical examination, and a source close to the situation said Pederson was undergoing that exam on Tuesday afternoon.
There was still no indication of whether the Dodgers were getting close to an agreement with their first-round pick, right-hander Zach Lee from McKinney (Texas) High School. Lee, who has accepted a football scholarship to play quarterback for Louisiana State University, has until midnight ET Monday night to change his mind and sign with the Dodgers.
If Lee doesn't sign, Pederson's bonus will be more than $100,000 higher than that paid to any of the Dodgers' other draft picks. Second-round Ralston Cash, a right-hander out of Lakeview Academy in Georgia, received a $464,000 bonus.
Pederson probably would have been taken much higher in the draft, but fell to the 11th round because it was widely known he was seeking a seven-figure bonus, a source close to the situation said. Pederson had a scholarship offer in hand from the University of Southern California, giving him some degree of negotiating leverage. He was being advised by agents Adam Karon and Matt Sosnick of San Francisco-based Sosnick/Cobbe Sports.
Pederson, 18, is a left-handed hitter and thrower. His father, Stu, a former USC player himself, appeared in eight games for the Dodgers in 1985, going hitless in four at-bats.
The Dodgers also said they have signed Scott Schebler, a 26th-round draft choice from Des Moines Area Community College. Schebler, a 6-1, 208-pound outfielder, had been ticketed to attend Wichita State.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Jon Weisman contributed to this report.
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