An Update on T-Ball: Come on Tim, and Meet the Mets!
2007 Heisman Laureate and Former NFL QB Tim Tebow made his intentions to play baseball known several weeks ago, and now he has an MLB organization willing to pay him for it. And to make it familiar enough, he's signed with another orange and blue team, much like Gators and Broncos.
According to AP reports, Tebow and the Mets agreed to a $100,000 signing bonus. As per MLB signing rules, $100,000 is the highest bonus a team can give to a post-draft signee without incurring penalties. To put that number in context, signing bonus slots for 10th-round picks in 2016 ranged from $161,300 to $156,000.
But if you’re thinking about the impact on the Mets in 2016, there is zero chance of him having a real impact. Instructional leagues are where teams start the earliest stages of development on players either needing experience or long-injured players go to get back some game speed during their rehab process. Generally speaking, a player like Tebow in instructionals is far, far away from hitting the majors.
Now, if you think that Tebow might somehow be "taking someone else's spot," he's not. Spots in instructionals aren't limited and most of the game action isn't even limited to regular game-type situations. The at-bats aren't really limited, nor is the time spent on any given individual.
Plainly speaking, there’s zero risk from a baseball standpoint for the Mets here. They are just gambling about what they would be able to get out of a 29-year-old athlete who has flashed some upside despite being very raw.
Finally, if you’re a SEC diehard worrying about missing Tebow on his commentator duty for the SEC Network, rest assured knowing that he’s going to be allowed by the team to be absent from the instructionals for two days a week so he can fulfill his pundit role.