The instructional league runs from September to October.
Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella had confirmed earlier this week that the team had interest in Tebow and had "multiple" conversations with Tebow's representatives as a step toward signing him to a professional baseball contract.
Tebow, 29, worked out for 46 scouts representing 28 teams last week in Los Angeles.
Tebow, who hasn't played organized baseball since his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida, in 2005, has been working out with former big league catcher Chad Moeller in Scottsdale, Arizona, since Memorial Day. Tebow spent almost two hours last week at the USC's Dedeaux Field running a 60-yard dash, shagging fly balls, throwing from the outfield and taking swings against former major league pitchers David Aardsma and Chad Smith in his audition for clubs.
Let's start with a rational, levelheaded take on this. The Mets signing Tim Tebow to a minor league deal is simply a publicity stunt. There's no way this 29 year-old virgin who hasn't played baseball in 11 years and sucks at shagging fly balls when he wants to play in the outfield should have even sniffed a contract. Tebow's swing is long and awkward, and he throws a baseball about as well as he throws a football (not very well). Tebow is taking the spot of some poor guy who's actually a semi-talented baseball player so that the Mets could grab a headline and ESPN is going nuts and revving up the Tebow Mania machine once again.
Now, that being said, I want to laugh this off right now, but I'm having trouble doing so. As much as this should be an LOLMets moment, I can't shake the feeling that Tebow is going to bring about some sort of divine intervention for the Mets that leads to them making a deep run into the playoffs this year. Remember how bad he was at quarterback? He rattled off wins like it was nothing when he was under center for the Broncos. He beat a very talented Steelers team in a playoff game on an 80-yard touchdown in overtime. He was with the Eagles for the preseason last year, they won the preseason Super Bowl, then Chip Kelly cut him and he sent down God's wrath of mediocrity (which I'm pretty sure can be found in the Bible after the plague of locusts and before the plague of darkness).
All I'm saying is that as a God-fearing Phillies fan, I'm nervous.