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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen: Tim Tebow to start season in Triple-A

New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has stated that Tim Tebow will start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.

Van Wagenen revealed Tebow’s immediate future in the Mets organization during an appearance Wednesday on WFAN. Perhaps even more intriguing, Van Wagenen suggests that if Tebow can continue his development at Triple-A and make significant strides, the football player-turned minor leaguer could end up on Mets manager Mickey Callaway’s big-league roster.

“If Tim Tebow is the best offensive player in Triple-A at that point, he’s going to be in Mickey’s lineup,” Van Wagenen said, via the New York Daily News.

The first-year general manager, it merits noting, previously served as Tebow’s agent before joining the Mets organization.

Before the regime change in the Mets’ front office, it had been expected that Tebow would return to the minors and continue his late-blooming professional baseball career. It certainly appears Van Wagenen has raised the bar significantly for Tebow by green-lighting a Triple-A start for the 31-year-old.

In 84 games last season, Tebow slashed at .273/.336/.399 clip with six home runs; certainly not eye-popping numbers, but not horrible stats, either. Further, Tebow batted .317/.348/.429 in June and July before his season ended due to a broken hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery. All told, there was worthwhile, in-season improvement.

Whether or not Tebow actually can accomplish much at the Triple-A level remains to be seen. That said, the notion of Tebow cracking the Mets’ big-league lineup has to be considered a long shot at this point.

The fact that Van Wagenen has stressed — and acted upon — a philosophy centered around the Mets not embarking upon a rebuild arguably makes Tebow’s ascension to the majors that much more unlikely, barring dramatic, eye-popping improvement in Syracuse.