Just almost a week ago, Tim Tebow had invited MLB scouts to witness his baseball showcase, with the hopes of landing a regular gig at the majors. Recently, only two teams showed real interest in the player- the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies-but now, it seems that the Braves are showing more signs of actually wanting to land the former NFL star.
According to the Braves’ general manager, John Coppolella, his teams has already had “multiple” conversations with Tebow’s representatives and are slowly moving inches towards signing him to become a professional baseball player. The Braves manager also shared that signing Tim Tebow is a “low-risk investment” and that they are looking to add him to their roster for his potential on the baseball field and not as a ticket selling marketing tool.
“We are interested in Tim because of his potential as a baseball player, not as a gate attraction,” the Braves manager told media during their Philadelphia Phillies series. “We have spoken with his representatives multiple times and all parties involved want this to be a pure baseball thing on every level.”
Tim Tebow, last played baseball way back in 2005, while he was in his junior year at Nease High School, prompting many critics and analysts to doubt if the former Heisman Trophy winner could switch to an entirely new professional sport, let alone hit a baseball.
But his training with former big league catcher Chad Moeller seemed to pay off, drawing curiosity from around 28 teams in his Tebow showcase. Among them were Braves special assistant Roy Clark and amateur scouting director Brian Bridges.
At this point, ESPN reports that Tebow’s representatives are aiming for Tebow to get signed in time for the instructional league, possibly as a member of the Arizona Fall League team, before moving on to a minor league team next spring.
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