More than 12 years after playing baseball in high school, Tim Tebow worked out for dozens of MLB scouts in Los Angeles on Tuesday, displaying power, speed and solid fielding skills.
Whether the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback actually gets signed, however, remains to be seen.
“A team could sign him within the week or two and send him to an instructional league,” Scout Media publisher and reporter Taylor Blake Ward said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He would get in-game action against younger minor leaguers that are kind of doing the same thing he is – just adapting to the game more, figuring themselves out as baseball players and developing at the end of the year going into the offseason. They could also put him in the Arizona Fall League, but that is top-tier prospects. They’re 21, 22 years old, and those are the guys that are going to be the future stars of baseball. Tim, I think it would just be way too much and it would overmatch him to put him there.”
Tebow, 29, was reportedly offered a contract by Aguilas del Zulia, to play in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League.
“That’s a decent league,” Ward said. “It’s similar to the minor leagues. If you can perform there, you’re doing okay. I think it would be great if he could tap into that . . . and come back for spring training (and play) A-ball. But at the time being, it’s going to be a very small signing bonus – roughly $20,000 to $50,000. Teams just don’t necessarily have the money, the nickels and dimes, to put it together to get him for a big deal – and he knows that. And after that, he’s making exactly what the minor leaguers are. There’s no special requirement there. He’s going to be making around $2,000 a month, at max, until he starts getting up to Double-A and Triple-A.”
Many people scoffed when Tebow said he wanted to give professional baseball a shot. They deemed it a publicity stunt and said he had no chance of succeeding. The jury is still out on the latter, but the former is most definitely false.
“Everyone is talking about this is a PR stunt for his agency, as well as Tim Tebow,” Ward said. “Tim would be giving up millions of dollars as an ESPN analyst for college football. He makes millions of dollars as an analyst. He’d be giving all of that up. It’s a giant pay cut. Say he signs at a max of $100,000 and then he’s making $2,000 for six months next summer. That’s not ideal. That’s a definite pay cut by a ton. So I don’t believe this was a PR stunt. I do believe that Tim actually wants to do this.”