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"This was not driven by marketing considerations". He left early to enroll at Florida, beginning a fabled college football career that led to the 2007 Heisman and two national titles for the Gators.

The contract includes a $100,000 signing bonus.

He held a workout in Los Angeles on August 30 attended by 46 scouts from professional baseball teams, even though he has not played the sport since 2005.

Tebow's strength and 6.70-ish time in the 60-yard dash were impressive to the scouts. He belted three homers during his batting practice including one that was over 400 feet long.

Alderson stressing Tebow's mental makeup and the impact he can have on the younger kids in the minors. It's a bit of a drive from Citi Field, but at least it's in the same state. "I understand this is not a typical situation". The Columbia Fireflies are a Class A affiliate of the Mets and could be a starting spot for Tebow if things go well this fall for the former quarterback.

The Mets are not the first NY sports team to have signed Tebow.

Alderson replied that that was not the case, although that will not quiet speculation that it is.

Kevin Fagan, Tebow's baseball coach at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Fl., wouldn't be surprised if Tebow makes it all the way to the bigs. But 12 years ago, Tebow was a.494-hitter and all-county outfielder.

"We don't have to listen to what everybody else wants us to do with our lives", Tebow said during a telephone conference call. "I'm looking forward to getting to work". "But I'm looking forward to putting in the work and I felt like this was the best fit".

Brooks" spring training appearances raised money for his Touch "Em All Foundation; the Mets organization and individual players vowed to make donations, which were directed to children's charities.

As to how far he might get, who really knows.

Tebow has also already started selling baseball merchandize, leading some sports fans to believe that his baseball endeavours are simply a money grab. Moeller said Tebow profiles as a power hitter.

Is Tebow turning to baseball just for the publicity?

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. Now that he's been signed, it's up to Tebow and his coaches to see if they can coax out some major league talent. He played for the New York Jets in 2012, and that ended up being his last season in the NFL.

He also tried out for both New England the Philadelphia but never played during the regular season for either team.

"Are you insinuating we need a Hail Mary at this point?"