Major League Baseball is considering the old Tiger Stadium as a site to build a state-of-the-art facility to provide baseball activities to youths.

But one high-level Detroit official says the “offer is a scam” that doesn’t have the money to make it happen.

The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy is an initiative overseen by MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Darrell Miller, MLB vice president of youth and facility development, has been in Detroit to talk about the potential project.

“We would be love to be in Detroit. We know what it has gone through, and we know it’s on the rebound. We want to be part of that,” Miller said.

The now vacant Tiger Stadium site is among Detroit properties being considered, Miller said. He would not name the other sites.

There are three MLB Urban Youth Academies in other U.S. cities and they operate year-round, offering free baseball and softball instruction to boys and girls 7 to 17, as well as clinics for umpiring and coaching. They also provides educational tutoring.

The oldest academy in Compton, Calif., opened in 2006, helped train two student athletes who were first round picks in the MLB draft this year. Other students, both males and females, have won athletic scholarships and others have become coaches, Miller said.

Other academies are in Houston and New Orleans; two are being built Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

George Jackson, president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., which controls the city-owned Tiger Stadium property, says he has met with Miller and is convinced the deal is not solid. Jackson painted the idea as the latest in a long line of plans high on sentiment for the site but fell far short on basic fundamentals.

“Show me the money and I would be more than happy to do the deal,” Jackson said. “But there is no money. The Tigers have already said no to this deal. You just can’t come to the table without any money.”