Miami doesn’t have room in it’s outfield for Tim Tebow. But regardless, he will be connected to the Marlins.
Tebow, a former NFL Quarterback, is interested in joining a major league organization and is hoping to land a starting job, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tim Tebow is actively pursuing a career in professional baseball and plans to hold workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 9, 2016
Tebow doesn’t have baseball experience beyond high school, but former MLB catcher Chad Moeller told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal the former Florida Gator can be a valuable addition to a team’s major league roster:
“I am beyond impressed with Tim’s athleticism and swing, and it goes without saying that he has shown a high level of discipline and strong work ethic. I see bat speed and power and real baseball talent. I truly believe Tim has the skill set and potential to achieve his goal of playing in the Major Leagues, and based on what I have seen over the past two months, it could happen relatively quickly."
This might have been tempting for the old Marlins, who were more focused on sales and headlines than winning baseball games. However, under Don Mattingly, the Marlins have prioritized different and it seems to be working.
Even if the Marlins entertain the idea of signing Tebow, the organization doesn’t have a spot in its outfield where he can play. Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich form what the Marlins consider to be one of the best outfields in baseball, and it’s unlikely the Marlins make a move to add Tebow to their roster.
Tebow, if signed, will report to a team’s minor league affiliate. He almost certainly would begin in Single-A and be challenged to work his way up a team’s system.
Miami probably won’t sign Alex Rodriguez and will likely pass on Tebow for the same reason. He had a great football career in Florida but his sports success in the state might stop there. Plus, the Marlins don’t have a place for Tebow to play.