Tebow Time will be coming back to Port St. Lucie, Fla., in February. The Mets announced Friday that Tim Tebow is among their Major League Spring Training invites for 2018.
The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Florida, who was signed by the Mets in September 2016, was in the team's Minor League camp last year, but he also played multiple Grapefruit League games.
After beginning his Mets tenure in the Arizona Fall League in '16, Tebow played 126 games for Class A Columbia and Class A Advanced St. Lucie in his first full season in professional baseball last year. He homered in his first at-bat for Columbia, and ended the year hitting .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs between the two levels. The 30-year-old hit .231 with five homers and 29 RBIs in 62 games for St. Lucie, with whom he finished the season.
In nine Spring Training games last year, Tebow went 4-for-27 with a walk and eight strikeouts.
The Mets' other invites to big league camp, which were announced Friday, were first baseman Peter Alonso, left-hander P.J. Conlon, outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski, catcher Patrick Mazeika, right-hander Drew Smith, right-hander Corey Taylor, infielder David Thompson and right-hander Adonis Uceta.
New York had previously extended invites to outfielder Zach Borenstein, infielder Phillip Evans, catcher Jose Lobatonand left-hander Matt Purke.