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Tim Tebow Rumors: Braves Reportedly Interested in Signing Former QB

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2016

Former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow throws a ball for baseball scouts and the media during a showcase on the campus of the University of Southern California, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Heisman Trophy winner works out for a big gathering of scouts on USC's campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport he hasn't played regularly since high school. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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The Atlanta Braves are reportedly considering signing former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor league contract after meeting with him following his workout for MLB teams earlier this week.

Pedro Gomez of ESPN reported Saturday that sources confirmed the Braves have "definite interest" in the outfielder, who last played organized baseball in 2005. Tebow put his baseball skills on display for 27 of the league's 30 teams Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Josh Peter of USA Today said there were mixed reviews after the session, with one American League scout saying: "It was a complete waste of time. It was like watching an actor trying to portray a baseball player. He tried. He tried. That's the best I can say. He is crazy strong, and could run well in one direction, but that's it. He only had one good throw of all his throws."

Another scout, this one from the National League, provided a more favorable assessment: "Better than I expected, to be honest. … That's a big dude, for as fast as he can run. The power was impressive, but I wish he could have translated it maybe a little better [against live pitching]."

According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, Tebow had one hit in six plate appearances against former MLB reliever Chad Smith in the workout.

The 6'3", 260-pounder has always had a unique blend of size, power and athletic ability, but it didn't translate to consistent on-field success in the NFL. Now he's 29 and trying to make the transition to baseball at a time when most players are already enjoying their peak seasons.

Even the most optimistic outlook would suggest he needs at least one full season in the minor leagues to adjust to live pitching. It's unlikely he'll ever make a significant impact in the majors, even if he's signed.

That said, the Braves would be a nice landing spot. They already own one of the league's top five farm systems, according to Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter. It also helps that Atlanta has a big following throughout the Southeast, where the Florida Gators QB rose to superstardom.

                                                                  

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