"I can't say it's imminent, but I can't say we won't get him signed, either," White said of the left-handed Reed, who could return to Stanford for his senior season. "I think we'll get it done."
The Dodgers took Reed, even though they had not drafted a player advised by Scott Boras since the 2005 Luke Hochevar ordeal -- when Hochevar did not sign while Boras and White waged a war of words. White said he's had steady dialogue with Reed's family since the June Draft.
"It's a family of integrity," said White. "It's been that way since the beginning and nothing's changed. Chris is a great kid and he wants to play. Actually, I feel more optimistic about signing Reed than some of our other picks."
Teams have until 9:01 p.m. PT on Monday, Aug. 15, to come to terms with their draftees, meaning official notification has to be in the Commissioner's Office when the clock strikes 9 p.m. A team that does not sign its first- or second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will come at the same slot, plus one. In other words, if a team doesn't sign the No. 9 overall pick, it would receive the No. 10 pick -- technically 9A -- the following year. A team does not receive a 2012 pick if it does not come to terms with a selection made with a compensation pick this year.
Reed was the Dodgers' surprise choice at No. 16 overall, having blossomed his junior season after struggling his first two seasons. After his first two seasons at Stanford, Reed had a 7.04 ERA, only 25 appearances and more walks than strikeouts. But he was 6-2 with a 2.56 ERA over 29 appearances and one start this year, striking out 52 over 52 2/3 innings and having a .211 opponent batting average. He walked 17, allowed 39 hits and converted nine of 11 saves.
From their top 10 picks, the Dodgers have signed players from rounds two, three, five, seven and eight. That leaves Reed, fourth-rounder Ryan O'Sullivan, sixth-rounder Scott Barlow, ninth-rounder Tyler Ogle and 10th-rounder Jamaal Moore still unsigned.
Of those, White sounds most confident about signing Barlow, a right-handed pitcher from Golden Valley High School in California who has a scholarship to Fresno State, and Ogle, a junior catcher from the University of Oklahoma.
The Dodgers have signed 24 of their 50 picks. Among the ones who have made the quickest impact are second-rounder Alex Santana, a high-school third baseman from Florida; fifth-rounder Scott McGough, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever from the University of Oregon; 12th-rounder O'Koyea Dickson, a first baseman from Sonoma State; and Michael Thomas, a left-handed pitcher from Rider University taken in the 35th round.
White also said he's received positive reports about a pair of sons of Major Leaguers: 18th-rounder Chris O'Brien, a catcher from Wichita State and son of longtime catcher Charlie O'Brien; and 38th-rounder Devin Shines, an outfielder from Oklahoma State and son of Razor Shines.
The Dodgers also had one player from this year's Draft already retire. Jeff Schaus, a senior outfielder from Clemson taken in the 16th round, signed for an insignificant bonus and played eight games for Ogden before retiring and going home.