Then, he was cut by the Red Sox and signed with the Blue Jays.
Then, he was cut by the Blue Jays and re-signed with the Tigers.
All in less than a month.
Fien doesn't think of himself as a journeyman. "Every baseball player has a journey," he says. Counting the three team odyssey in March two years ago, Fien is now on his 5th MLB organization.
He has pitched in 11 big league games, all for the Tigers. A call-up to meet the Tigers in Minnesota did not go as planned. "The cab driver didn't know where Target Field was, but he did know where Target Center was. So, he took me to the Justin Bieber concert," Fien said. "I was sticking my head out the window asking anyone (for directions). I finally pulled an usher in the car." The usher helped Fien make the game on time, but barely.
This is Fien's 5th season in Triple-A. Even though he's been close to the bigs without getting there for a while, he's not ready to give up.
"It's an awesome dream. I get paid to play baseball, paid to play a game," Fien says. "Sometimes you forget that. Sometimes you forget that you get to play a game. You get frustrated at the game, but you get to play every day. And that's awesome."