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.
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.