Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Sunday that he expects Tim Tebow to play in the major leagues.
Tebow, 30, was invited to Mets spring training after splitting time between Single-A Columbus and Single-A St. Lucie last season. Alderson said Tebow has made meaningful progress and said the decision to bring him to major league camp could accelerate his development.
"Somebody asked me whether I think he'll be a major-league player at some point," Alderson said. "I think he will play in the major leagues. That's my guess, that's my hope, and to some extent now after a year and a half, a modest expectation."
Tebow spoke to reporters on Sunday from the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie.
"My goal isn't about what's going to happen one day," Tebow said on Sunday. "My goal is to focus on this day... One of the important things about being an athlete is being able to lock in and have tunnel vision. I can't worry about one day if I'm going to play in the bigs or not."
Mets manager Mickey Callaway also spoke of Tebow on Sunday, noting that the team would evaluate him like anybody else and that he will receive playing time this spring.
"Tim Tebow is here because he could potentially help us at the major league leave at some point," he said. "He wouldn't be here otherwise. He's going to get playing time. Michael Conforto is out for spring training, obviously, so we have some time, but he's going to be able to take over out there and do his thing."
Tebow said he lost 12 pounds during the off-season as he transformed into a workout routine better fit for baseball. He also worked on his swing and said it is now freer and more aggressive than before.
John Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier in the week that Tebow could begin the season with Double-A Binghamton if he plays well enough during spring training.
Tebow started his season last year with the Single-A Columbus before being promoted to St. Lucie on June 26. In 126 games last season, Tebow hit .226 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs. His batting average climbed from .220 during his stint with Columbus to .231 when he played for St. Lucie.