MLB Deadline Hits LSU

The Tigers were hit hard on Monday, seeing Zach Lee, Anthony Ranaudo, Garin Cecchini and Lucas LeBlanc head to Major League Baseball.

The Major League Baseball deadline didn’t bring great news for LSU in 2009.

Unfortunately, the 2010 calendar didn’t change the pace.

On a day that saw four names sign on with MLB teams, pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Zach Lee headlined the departed.

The afternoon began with the loss of a pair of signees to the Boston Red Sox, the same team that would eventually scoop Ranaudo.

Delgado Community College outfielder Lucas LeBlanc signed with Boston for a signing bonus of $550,000. Barbe High graduate Garin Cecchini followed suit when he penned with the team. Cecchini reportedly received a $1.31 million signing bonus.

Then came the more devastating news.

The expected of the pair of moves came from senior Anthony Ranaudo, who signed on with the Red Sox for a bonus in excess of $1 million. Ranaudo, who pitched 30 scoreless innings in the Cape Cod League this summer, led the Tigers on Friday nights in 2010.

Just short of the 11 p.m. CST deadline, freshman Zach Lee made the final call of the night, electing to sign with the Dodgers after spending the past two months in Baton Rouge with the LSU football team.

Lee, the Dodgers 28th selection in the draft, has signed a contract reported at $5.25 million over five years.

“This was a very personal decision for Zach and his family,” Miles said. “This opportunity was just too difficult to pass up. We wish Zach and his family the very best. He's an outstanding young man and we hope he develops into a great Major League pitcher.”

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