Atlanta is interested in signing former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow after a one-on-one meeting with him this week, according to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.
The Braves are considering signing Tebow to a minor league deal, according to Gomez. Atlanta was reportedly among the five clubs that had a private meeting with Tebow following his workout in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Tebow hasn’t played baseball since he was a junior in high school but has expressed interest in joining a major league club.
While Tebow proved he can provide power from the left-hand side of the plate during his workout, he is projected as a left fielder as a result of a comparably subpar arm. However, he did run a 6.76 60-yard dash, which resulted in a speed rating of 55.
Although the addition of Tebow would be more of a high profile signing for the Braves, the former Florida Gator almost certainly would have to work his way through any major league club’s minor league system. Since Tebow appears to be a fourth outfield option, It doesn’t seem he will be guaranteed a roster spot in the near future.
The Braves are entering a new stadium next season, so signing Tebow might be another attempt to get positive publicity after a rebuilding season.
Atlanta doesn’t seem to be the only team interested in Tebow, who could also consider remaining in his role as an on-air personality if a minor league deal isn’t sufficient.