On Tuesday, GM Brodie Van Wagenen would not rule out the possibility that Tim Tebow would be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Van Wagenen seemed to simply be covering all bases, speaking in generalities about a host of topics. But on Wednesday, he clarified his comments about Tebow, saying the full expectation is that Tebow will start 2019 with Triple-A Syracuse.
"Knowing Tim Tebow, if you say he can't do something, he's just going to work that much harder to try to prove you wrong," Van Wagenen said. "But for Tim our full expectation is that he will start in Syracuse. That's a great next step for him. Clearly he had his season cut short last year, so his momentum was stopped a little bit, but I have every expectation that he will pick that momentum right back up."
Tebow showed progress in his second minor league season in 2018 before it was cut short when he broke the hamate bone in his right hand in July, ending his season.
He hit .273/.336/.399 in with six home runs and 46 RBI in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton, and earned a spot in the Eastern League All-Star game.
"Like any player, they go into camp with the hope that they can impact the club in that particular season and I think I would want encourage Tim to take that mindset," Van Wagenen added on Wednesday. "Not that I am expecting him to make the team out of camp, but like I said, he's a guy that is fueled by challenges and I think we're excited to get him back into camp and hopefully after a trip to Syracuse, he can prove to us and everybody in baseball that he can make an impact in the big leagues."
Van Wagenen previously represented Tebow before accepting the Mets' GM job.