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(RNN) – Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow’s career change to baseball moved forward Thursday, when he was signed by the New York Mets.

The Mets organization announced it had signed Tebow to a minor league contract. The former first-round pick of the Denver Broncos is headed to the Instructional League in Port St. Lucie, FL, the team stated.

The contract includes a $100,000 signing bonus. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the decision to sign Tebow wasn’t based on his celebrity, it was “strictly driven by baseball.”

“We are extremely intrigued with the potential Tim has,” Alderson said.

Tebow hosted a workout Aug. 30 for MLB teams at the USC baseball stadium in Los Angeles, with representatives from 28 teams in attendance. He has not played organized baseball since high school.

During the workout, Tebow showed his power with long home runs in batting practice, but he also struggled with off-speed pitches from former MLB pitchers David Aardsma and Chad Smith.

His agents said in August that the former football player and current ESPN college football analyst had been training for the past year to play baseball.



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