As was reported yesterday in fellow SBNation blog True Blue LA, LHP Philip Pfeifer agreed to terms with the Dodgers. This deal likely impacts Walker Buehler's bonus, as before signing Pfeifer and Sborz yesterday, the Dodgers were $676,400 over slot on their previous deals. In addition to Buehler, they will be trying to sign supplemental first rounder Louisville RHP Kyle "Marty" Funkhouser and a 6th round 1B I've never heard of. Of course, the Dodgers have more money than God, and might not give a crap about the penalties for going over their allotment, so you never know.
This morning, MLB.com reported that Pfeifer's deal was for $222,500 (slot value was $564,700). With Virginia closer Josh Sborz agreeing to a deal that was about $100,000 under slot, this means the Dodgers will likely have to offer slightly under slot deals to their unsigned first rounders.
Pfeifer, who was not on the team for their 2014 National Championship due to drug and alcohol issues, experienced a rejuvenation in 2015, and showed once again that he possesses a major league arm. Not only did he experience a comeback on the mound, Pfeifer had major league successes off the mound, as he graduated with a degree in Philosophy this May. No word on where the Dodgers will send him (likely low A ball, though, if I had to guess), but Pfeifer has a chance to be a fast riser in their system, especially if they put him on the fast track to their bullpen. If they try to stretch out his arm as a starter, which they will likely attempt first, it could take a few years, as LA has an exceptionally deep rotation.
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