There are reportedly multiple teams interested in signing Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow, 29, worked out for MLB teams in Los Angeles at the end of the month. Reviews on Tebow's performance were mixed, but he appears to have shown enough to draw some interest from multiple franchises.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there are "about eight teams" involved in the pursuit of the former Florida Gators' star. The Blue Jays and the Braves are believed to be two of those teams.
Braves' general manager John Coppolella says there is "no risk" in signing Tebow to a minor-league contract.
"Whatever Tim decides, the fact that he wants to play baseball is good for the game," Braves general manager John Coppolella said. "It's similar to when Michael Jordan or others have wanted to play. It's positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it's good for baseball."
"There's no risk," Coppolella said. "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."
Tebow is reportedly likely to receive a signing bonus of less than $100K from whichever MLB team decides to sign him to a minor-league contract. The former NFL quarterback has a multi-year apparel contract with adidas for baseball.
The probable goal of the MLB team that signs Tebow is to get him playing in the instructional league, which starts on Sept. 17.
The Braves' scouts think Tebow has serious upside.
"Our interest in Tim Tebow is predicated in our belief in Brian Bridges and Roy Clark," Coppolella said. "They went to see Tim more in the spirit of 'Leave no stone unturned,' and they liked what they saw. They thought he has the upside potential to help us. That is why we're exploring the possibility of bringing him into the Braves organization."
Tebow would likely play in Single A or Double A at the start of the 2017 minor league season.