Tim Tebow Reportedly Signing Minor League Contract with New York Mets

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade, left, sits beside New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow during the New York Yankees baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Having not played in an NFL regular-season game since 2012, Tim Tebow pursued a career in professional baseball, eventually landing a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the deal on Thursday, citing an MLB source. Schefter added that Tebow will be heading to the instructional league or the Arizona Fall League.

The Mets landed Tebow after around eight clubs showed "varying degrees" of interest in him, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports on Wednesday.

Prior to the signing, Tebow worked out for prospective teams on Aug. 30 in an attempt to prove he was worthy of a spot in the minor leagues.

Dallas Braden, a former MLB pitcher and current ESPN broadcaster, shared a video of Tebow sprinting in front of major league scouts:

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Tebow officially clocked in at 6.65 seconds on the 60-yard dash, meaning Tebow is an "above-average runner."

Scott Miller of Bleacher Report spoke to a scout who graded Tebow's throwing a 40 on a scale that ranges from 20 to 80, while another gave him a score of 30.

Tebow also stepped into the batter's box, going 1-for-5 against pitcher Chad Smith, including a single and a walk. The former quarterback then matched up with David Aardsma, ending his day 8-for-19 with two doubles and three strikeouts, per Morosi.

Tebow's agent, Jimmy Sexton, commented on his client's decision to chase a career on the diamond rather than the gridiron, per Schefter on Aug. 10:

"Obviously we support Tim in his pursuit of a baseball career, as we have in all his ventures. ... Tim's athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball. Knowing Tim's passion and desire, we won't be surprised by anything he accomplishes."

Rosenthal provided additional comments from co-head of CAA Baseball Brodie Van Wagenen and former major league catcher Chad Moeller:

Former MLB player Gary Sheffield took to Twitter to vouch for Tebow's credentials after spending time with him:

Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones, however, was less enthusiastic about Tebow's potential shift to baseball:

Former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy worked with Tebow in 2015 on the set of SEC Nation and stated on SiriusXM College Sports that Tebow never mentioned his baseball aspirations:

While Tebow didn't play baseball in college at Florida or as a high school senior, he hit .494 during his junior year of high school and was nearly drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, per Rob Bradford of WEEI.com.

When asked about Tebow's prospects as a baseball player in 2013, his former baseball coach at Allen D. Nease High School, Greg "Boo" Mullins, had the following to say, according to Ken Bradley of Sporting News:

He was a power-hitting left-hander who had a plus arm and plus speed. He was the leader of the team with his passion, his fire and his energy. He loved to play baseball, too. He just had a bigger fire for football. ...

Everybody should know this: He wasn't just a great football player, he was a great baseball player, too. I believe he could have played in the big leagues. ...

He was a six-tool player. He had arm strength, he could run, he could hit, he could hit for power, he could field, but his character made him that six-tool guy.

Since last playing for the New York Jets in 2012, the 29-year-old signal-caller was released by the New England Patriots prior to the 2013 season and before the 2015 campaign by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tebow is currently an ESPN analyst, and while his contract allows him to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL, it isn't clear if that carries over to baseball.

    

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