Atlanta Braves Interested in Tim Tebow, Insist It’s Not a Gimmick
One week after showing off his baseball skills for dozens of professional scouts from various major and minor league organizations, it looks like Tim Tebow may actually get a contract.
On Tuesday, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella confirmed that his team is interested in signing the 29-year-old former NFL quarterback. And he insists it’s not a publicity stunt.
“We are interested in Tim because of his potential as a baseball player, not as a gate attraction,” Coppolella told ESPN on Sunday. “We have spoken with his representatives multiple times and all parties involved want this to be a pure baseball thing on every level.”
If the Braves were to end up signing Tebow, they’d give a signing bonus of less than $100,000 and assign him to the instructional league, which starts September 17. Depending on how he does there, he could then take part in the Arizona Fall League or the winter league, and possibly join one of the Braves’ minor league affiliates in the spring. However, he won’t get an invite to spring training.
“There’s no risk,” Coppolella told MLB.com. “If it doesn’t work, we’ll be honest with Tim early, and we can move on. If it does work, it’s great for the Braves and it’s great for baseball.”
Of course, while the Braves may be interested in Tebow’s talent, you can’t blame people for questioning their motives. Atlanta is the capital of SEC country, and after winning two National Championships and a Heisman at Florida, Tim Tebow is the King. Wherever the Braves stick him, they’re going to sell a lot more tickets than they would have otherwise.