Friday, March 16, 2007

Logan White Drives a Hard Bargain

From "La Roche trying to prove his worth: Dodgers' top prospect likely to start '07 at Triple-A Las Vegas" (

Logan White, the Dodgers' scouting director, rolled the dice. [Andy] La Roche said he expected to go undrafted and learned he was taken three days later with a phone call from his older brother. Two months went by before White decided to take up formal negotiations, winding up across the table from LaRoche -- no agent, no family member.

"I told him it had to be more than a million," said La Roche, who had broken his leg in the Cape Cod League. "Logan said the Dodgers would pay me a million, and he reached into his pocket and pulled out a penny and gave it to me and said, 'That's more than a million, we've got a deal.'"

Said White: "First time I ever had to pay part of a player's bonus myself."