Tigers sign Turner to major league deal
The Tigers appear to have pulled off a triple play just before the midnight deadline for signing their selections from June’s First-Year Player Draft.
While first-round selection Jacob Turner signed a Major League contract that includes a $4.7 million bonus, the Tigers also signed a familiar face in sixth-round selection Daniel Fields, agreeing to a minor league contract that includes a seven-figure bonus. In addition, the Tigers have reportedly signed second-round pick Andrew Oliver.
Add it all together, and the Tigers signed their top three players on their list of players who hadn’t yet signed entering the day. While the futures of other unsigned Tigers picks wasn’t yet known as of late Monday night, the trio of signings represents a major talent infusion for a club that has been aggressive in signing draft picks over the past six years.
The Tigers selected Turner with the ninth overall selection despite expectations that he would seek a large contract to convince him to bypass his commitment to pitch at the University of North Carolina. His situation had many similarities to that of another high-school pitcher the Tigers selected with their top pick two years ago, Rick Porcello.
Like Porcello, Turner was advised by agent Scott Boras, and his situation went into the final day or two before the mid-August deadline. Now, like Porcello, Turner will be joining the Tigers organization under a big league deal.
Beyond the bonus, the four-year contract includes guaranteed split salaries through 2013 that would pay as much as $2.15 million total if he reaches the Majors immediately, albeit unlikely, or as little as $800,000 if he spends the next four years in the Minors.
In addition, the deal includes club options for 2014 and 2015 at $1 million if he spends both years in the Majors, or $500,000 each in the Minors. If Turner is eligible for arbitration in any of those years, he can use that to override the options.