New York Mets Sign Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Signs With Mets

Tim Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Thursday and will begin his professional baseball career in the fall instructional league on Sept. 19 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The 29-year-old Tebow,  who held a workout for scouts from 28 major league organizations last month, was given a $100,000 signing bonus and will play in the Instructional League. He could also be sent to the Arizona Fall League, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted.

“While I and the organization I think are mindful of the novel nature of this situation, this decision was strictly driven by baseball,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said. “This was not something that was driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort.

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We are extremely intrigued with the potential that Tim has. He has demonstrated over his athletic career that he is a tremendous athlete, has great character, a competitive spirit. And aside from the age, this is a classic player development opportunity for us.”

Though he hasn’t played competitive baseball since high school, Tebow impressed some scouts with his raw power and bat speed during the August workout. He played the outfield during the showcase.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal said there were about eight teams in the mix for Tebow.

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Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella this week publicly expressed an interest in signing Tebow.

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