The first cut is the deepest in baseball, even for former Heisman Trophy winners.
Tim Tebow wasn’t going to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster anyway, but his stay in Mets camp lasted just three weeks. The former NFL quarterback was among the team’s first cuts from camp Friday, ticketed for another season at Triple-A with the Syracuse Mets of the International League.
The reassignment to minor league camp won’t preclude Tebow from appearing in additional Grapefruit League games for the Mets.
“Tim, he was actually in a good place swinging,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said after a 3-2 loss to the Astros in West Palm Beach, Fla. “Hit three balls really hard. I’ve seen a lot of progression in his game. This is a guy that works really hard. We had the conversation with him going down, going with this plan with him being able to play more innings [in minor league camp] than in big league camp.’’
In his third season in the Mets’ minor-league system, Tebow batted .163 with four home runs and a .495 OPS in 77 games for Syracuse in 2019.
The 32-year-old outfielder recorded his first Grapefruit League home run last week against Detroit, but he batted just .154 (2-for-13) with six strikeouts this spring.
The Mets also cut left-handed pitchers Stephen Gonsalves and Thomas Szapucki, righties Matt Blackham, Jordan Humphreys, Franklyn Kilome, Stephen Nogosek, Francisco Rios and Nick Rumbelow, and catchers Austin Bossart and David Rodríguez.
Also reassigned to minor league camp were pitchers Jordan Humphreys, Franklyn Kilome, Thomas Szapucki, Stephen Nogosek, Nick Rumbelow and Francisco Rios. Catcher David Rodriguez was also reassigned to minor league camp.
— additional reporting by Mike Puma and Dan Martin