Mets minor league OF Tim Tebow has turned for former-Met Daniel Murphy of the Nationals as his mentor, reports Brian Costello in the NY Post.
Tebow has been training with Murphy in Florida during the offseason.
"It's not that we talk that much about the Mets organization, although they have been great to both of us," Tebow told The Post. "It's just about the pursuit of baseball, the ins and outs. He is a total analyst of the game and works like crazy. For us, it's been going over the little things over and over and over again. Talking pitches, out of the hand, how we're picking stuff up. That's what Daniel does that's such a different level."
Tebow, who signed a $100,000 contract to join the Mets this past summer, was not among the non-roster invites to major league Spring Training. He hit .194 with a .296 OBP, no home runs, three doubles and 20 strikeouts in 19 games during October's Arizona Fall League.
In early-December, Mets manager Terry Collins said he would like Tebow to play for the Mets during Grapefruit League games this spring, even if he's only in minor-league camp.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson told the New York Post in October that the next step of Tebow's career will be to compete this spring for a spot on a minor-league roster.
While Tebow showed improvements as the AFL moved on, MLB scouts told MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone in October that he is still a long ways away from having the needed skills to be a big-league player. And at 29 years old, it's hard to imagine how he makes up for lost time.