NEW YORK (CBSMiami/AP) — The New York Mets have signed former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow to a minor league contract.
The Mets announced Thursday that Tebow, who used to play for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets, will take part in the Instructional League in Port St. Lucie.
The 29-year-old aspiring outfielder went through drills at the University of Southern California’s field last week in front of dozens of major league scouts and reporters.
Tebow’s strength and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive to the scouts. He also showed hitting ability with a series of line drives and long homers during batting practice.
Tebow hasn’t played baseball regularly since his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. But 12 years ago, Tebow was a .494-hitter and all-county outfielder.
He started training three months ago at a baseball school in Arizona run by former big-league catcher Chad Moeller.
Tebow won the 2007 Heisman Trophy at Florida and played on the 2006 and 2008 national championship teams with the Gators.
In addition to his stints in Denver and New York, Tebow was with the New England Patriots in 2013 preseason and Philadelphia Eagles in the 2015 preseason.
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