Te­bow signed to mi­nor-league deal

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

Hav­ing flopped with the Jets, Tim Te­bow will try to re­vive his ca­reer as an out­fielder with the Mets.

Four years re­moved from his last reg­u­lar-sea­son snap as an NFL quar­ter­back, the 29-yearold agreed Thurs­day to a mi­nor­league con­tract with the Mets that in­cludes a $100,000 sign­ing bonus. He will re­port Sept. 18 to the In­struc­tional League in Port St. Lu­cie, Fla., and test his skills for three weeks against play­ers just months re­moved from high school and col­lege.

The Mets then will de­cide whether he goes to the Ari­zona Fall League, a win­ter league or gets per­sonal tu­tor­ing to pre­pare for spring train­ing.

Bo Jack­son, Deion San­ders and Brian Jor­dan are the only play­ers to have ex­ten­sive ca­reers in both Ma­jor League Base­ball and the NFL dur­ing the past three decades.

Te­bow hasn’t played base­ball reg­u­larly since his ju­nior year at Nease High School in Ponte Ve­dra, Fla., where he hit .494 and was all-county as a se­nior.

“We don’t have to lis­ten to what ev­ery­body else wants us to do with our lives,” Te­bow said dur­ing a tele­phone con­fer­ence call. “We get to do what we want.

“I would con­sider suc­cess (to be) putting in the work and look­ing back on this op­por­tu­nity 10, 15, 20 years from now and say­ing that I did ev­ery­thing I could to be the best I could be.”

Te­bow will be al­lowed to leave the in­struc­tional league for his job as an an­a­lyst for the SEC Net­work, then re­turn.

“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. We are ex­tremely in­trigued with the po­ten­tial that Tim has.”

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