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Sandy Alderson says Tim Tebow will ‘be around’ Mets’ big-league camp

The New York Mets earlier this week announced the minor-league players who received an invite to the team’s big-league spring training camp. Perhaps not surprisingly, Tim Tebow’s name wasn’t on the list.

But that doesn’t mean the 29-year-old prospect won’t see some action at the major league level during spring training, so says Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

“Too frequently for some and not frequently enough for others,” Alderson jokingly said of Tebow possibly playing in some of the Mets’ Grapefruit League games, via ESPN. “He’ll be around.”

It was deemed a long shot at best for Tebow to land an invite to the Mets major-league spring training camp. A raw prospect in every sense, Tebow triple-slashed at a .194/.296/.242 clip in the Arizona Fall League, going 12-for-62 with eight walks and an abysmal 20 strikeouts. His defense has been characterized as suspect at best as well.

Tebow’s underwhelming overall performance in the Arizona Fall League elicited scathing reviews, with two unidentified scouts and one MLB executive used the terms  to “awful,” “stinks” and  “ugly” to describe Tebow and his play.

Alderson acknowledged there would be no reason “except for advertising purposes” to have Tebow in major-league camp full-time. The Mets general manager, who actually laughed when asked in November if Tebow would receive an invite to big-league camp, admitted the Mets were aware Tebow would be “overmatched in the Arizona Fall League.”

The plan going forward according to Alderson is to give Tebow the opportunity to play a lot in minor-league camp as opposed to riding the pine at the big-league level. Although Mets manager Terry Collins said he’d welcome Tebow with open arms.

“If they decide to send him to camp, we’ll get him better. I can tell you, I certainly hope you will see Tim Tebow in some of our games,” Collins said. “… I think he’s a name in Florida. He’s a star in Florida. He should be. I think it would be fun to have Tim come over.”

While that’s all well and good the question remains: Would any other player posting similar numbers not named Tim Tebow spend any time at all in big-league camp? Or course not.