Fields weighs offer from Tigers
Daniel Fields, the standout shortstop from University of Detroit Jesuit High School and son of former Tigers coach Bruce Fields, said Saturday he’s still weighing whether to accept an offer from the Tigers to turn pro or follow through on his commitment to the University of Michigan.
It’s a decision he expects will go all the way up toward Monday night’s midnight signing deadline, making him one of several Tigers picks from the First-Year Player Draft still in limbo as the hours dwindle for the team to sign them.
Fields was considered a potential first-round talent heading into the season, and he didn’t disappoint, earning honors such as the Louisville Slugger Michigan High School Player of the Year. He fell to the sixth round, however, in large part due to expectations he would go to college.
He still might, but he’s keeping his options open, and the Tigers are trying their best to entice him to sign. They made Fields a contract offer, and he said Saturday he expects to be in touch with them this weekend. At some point, he’s going to talk it over with his family and make a decision. For now, he’s said, it’s a nervous time.
Ironically, his dad will be at work Monday night as the deadline approaches — in of all places, the Tigers’ farm system. The Cleveland Indians roving hitting instructor is meeting up with Triple-A Columbus, which plays at Toledo this coming week. The elder Fields, of course, also managed at Toledo for years before he became Detroit’s hitting coach in 2003.
If Fields does sign, obviously, it’s a very big gain for the Tigers from that round of the draft.