Tebow to sign minor-league contract: Three things to know

Tim Tebow is back to wearing orange and blue, but this time as a member of the New York Mets.

According to reports, the Mets have reached an agreement with the former Florida Gators Heisman winner on a minor-league baseball contract. Last week, Tebow held a workout for 28 major league teams, garnering interest from a number of clubs, including the Atlanta Braves.

Well, the Mets won the sweepstakes (Yippie!).

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Here's three things to know about the signing.

1. There's no risk involved here

Tebow is 29 years old. He hasn't played an inning of baseball since his junior year of high school. Doesn't matter.

There's absolutely zero risk here for the Mets in signing Tebow. He's not expensive (he'll reportedly make around $100,000). He's not taking up a roster spot. Basically, the Mets have given him the opportunity to fine tune his game at the lowest level of professional baseball. Hey, maybe it'll work out, I mean, he did hit .494 with four home runs, 30 RBI and 10 doubles in high school 11 years ago, so there's some level of baseball savvy in that finely-chiseled frame.

If he doesn't pan out, well, the Mets will do what the New York Jets did, and cut him.

2. Tebow won't be playing in the majors any time soon

Calm down, Gator Nation. Don't go out and buy Mets season tickets any time soon.

Tebow's baseball journey will begin in the Instructional League, a mid September through October league made up of lower-level prospects. It's viewed as a "teaching league" (and hey, it will be in Florida!), so he'll get face-to-face instruction on how to refine his game.

However, it'll be a long time before he ever sniffs a major league field. Some players spend a decade or more in the minors before getting the call, and those guys never made a living in another sport. Still, names like Pete Rose and Joe Torre have worked in the Instructional League, so maybe, just maybe there's a slight chance Tebow climbs the latter.

3. MLB scouts seem split on his baseball potential

Everybody has an opinion on Tebow. You sort of have to these days. MLB scouts seem split on whether or not Tebow has the foundation to succeed as a pro. One scout thought Tebow's power stroke was impressive, while another said attending his workout last week was a complete waste of time (Please link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2016/08/30/tim-tebow-workout-mlb-scouts/89589422/), per USA Today.

A prospect evaluator said there's a lot to like about Tebow's swing, but other than that, his skill level is average, at best (please link http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/an-mlb-prospect-expert-breaks-down-tim-tebow-as-an-mlb-prospect-for-us/).

Everyone can agree on this: Tebow is a project, and nothing else at this point. His game needs a ton of work, and it looks like the Mets are at least willing to see what he's got.

The hardest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball. So, if Tebow struggled simply throwing a spiral, it seems like a long shot that he can be successful, even a minor leaguer.




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