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Mets likely to assign Tim Tebow to minor league camp for spring training

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The former quarterback is unlikely to see much Grapefruit League action this spring

Arizona Fall League Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

When asked today at the winter meetings, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson shot down questions of whether Tim Tebow would be invited to the major league spring training. Alderson noted that while no decision had been formally made, he would foresee the former Florida Gator going to minor league camp this spring, while possibly coming over to major league camp “once in a while.”

The notion that Tebow could be in major league camp this spring likely stemmed from Terry Collins’s comments earlier in the day, in which Collins claimed he “certainly hoped” to see Tebow there.

In his attempt to become a baseball player after a failed NFL career, Tebow signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September. He played in Arizona Fall League, which was Tebow’s first trial in any organized baseball league since he was in high school. He hit just .194/.296/.242 while striking out in 20 of his 62 at-bats.

Tebow’s future in baseball is still anything but clear. Alderson also alluded to 29-year-old likely starting the season in a full-season league due to his advancing age, but that is also still to be determined.