ADDITIONAL NOTE (4.39 p.m.): For those of you asking, the media center here had a direct view of the folks talking, albeit with that lame tree in the way. They weren’t out there long, so we had to grab any photo op right away. I’ll admit, it does look stalker-ish. Oh well. I asked Jack Zduriencik why the parking lot meet. Turns out, Fields still hadn’t finished his physical and was waiting in the car with his dad before heading off to the medical center. His agent was meeting with the team inside, so Zduriencik and the brass decided to run outside to say hello to everyone. There were paperwork delays and confusion at the medical center, which is why it took several hours after to make this announcement. But he’s signed for $1.75 million.
Two days after his physical, the Mariners appear finally ready to sign first-round pick Josh Fields. The two sides met in the complex parking lot, of all places, here this afternoon. Not sure why the reason for all the cloak and dagger stuff. It’s possible he wasn’t allowed on the team’s premises if unsigned. Fields is on the right. On the left, you see GM Jack Zduriencik, assistant Lee Pelekoudas, Fields’ father and presumably a representative of his agent.
Just got word that Fields signed as I type this. We’ll be meeting with him shortly.
February 16, 2009 at 4:04 PM