Looks like the lolMets are back! After hearing rumors the Braves were interested in Tebow the Mets tripped over-themselves to sign the failed quarterback.
His climb will begin in Port St. Lucie, Fla., home of the Mets’ spring training facility, where he’ll get a crash course in professional baseball and participate in instructional league games. While Arizona Fall League rosters have been set, it’s possible Tebow could play among the game’s advanced prospects this October should he flourish in an instructional setting.
From there, winter ball is a possibility; a club in Venezuela already offered Tebow a contract, though he and the Mets may prefer development in a more controlled setting. In 2017? A trip to spring training – perhaps with a major league camp invite – and then a likely assignment to the Mets’ Class AA affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y.
They say that a sucker is born every minute, and if you are in a room with every GM in the game and can’t figure out who that sucker is, well John Coppolella that sucker is probably you. Coppolella confirmed to MLB.com that his team is interested in signing Tim Tebow. Tim Tebow recently gave a public workout that was…less than impressive. But that of course did not stop Coppolella for one moment as he is now tripping all over himself to sign the failed Quarterback.
“There’s no risk,” Coppolella said. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll be honest with Tim early, and we can move on. If it does work, it’s great for the Braves and it’s great for baseball.”
If the Braves were to sign Tebow, they would likely send him to the instructional league which begins in just 10 days. His progress there would determine if he he were to get sent to Winter League. That is of course if Tebow is actually interested in playing baseball and this isn’t all just a marketing stunt by his agent to sell autographed baseballs and sign shoe contracts.
Tebow would not receive a non-roster invite to the Braves’ Major League Spring Training next year, and he would be targeted to begin the 2017 season as Mississippi’s right fielder. He would not be blocking the progress of a prospect because Braxton Davidson will likely begin next season back with Class A Advanced Carolina.
Can anyone really see a 29 year old Tebow playing Class A baseball when he can instead make millions of dollars giving lectures and commentating on games for ESPN?
But what about the Braves? Certainly this is just a marketing ploy to distract fans from the team’s shady as fuck stadium deals?
“Our interest in Tim Tebow is predicated in our belief in Brian Bridges and Roy Clark,” Coppolella said. “They went to see Tim more in the spirit of ‘Leave no stone unturned,’ and they liked what they saw. They thought he has the upside potential to help us. That is why we’re exploring the possibility of bringing him into the Braves organization.”
Oh. Wait. They are serious. Of fuck. I think we all need to chip a few bucks into the Free Freddie Freeman Fund before he shows up on TV looking like one he was strapped to a chair and forced to listen to John Rocker yelling his manifesto on repeat.