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Hot Take: Tim Tebow Beginning To Show He Can Perform At The MLB Level

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Love him or hate him, you have to admit at this point that Tim Tebow’s persistence to make it as a baseball player is endearing. It almost seems like people want him to fail at times, but he keeps pushing on, showing progression both as a player and overall athlete.

The last part doesn’t surprise me nearly as much as the first. Professional football players are some of the most rounded athletes in the world, with the ability to simultaneously execute at the highest levels of strength, power, endurance, and technical skill.

Then add on that Tebow wasn’t just any pro football player; he was one of the best in the world, winning an ESPY for “Best Male College Athlete” in 2007 and the Heishman Trophy at Florida State in 2009. As you can see, Tebow can easily outperform *most* athletes in the MLB, and certainly in the minors. Now it’s just a matter of executing the technical ability required to hang in the big show.

Though his overall numbers for Binghamton aren’t overly impressive — Tebow had a slash line of .256/.335/.402 with five home runs and 27 RBIs through Monday — his .737 OPS through 224 plate appearances is 81 points better than the mark he posted a year ago. And over his previous 18 games, he batted .321 (17-for-53) with an impressive .848 OPS. He hit safely in 11 of his previous 15 games and had a stellar 315/.362/.481 slash line this month. –New York Post writer Zach Braziller

Outside from the fact that he pulls a huge crowd every time he plays (reminiscent of when Michael Jordan made a run at baseball) he also is showing improvement as a baseball player. It’s only a matter of time before his hustle earns him a spot on the Met’s Triple-A roster, and then we will really see if he has what it takes to make it to the show.

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Mets’ Jacob deGrom Puts Deadline on Contract Talks

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New York Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom is putting pressure on the organization when it comes to hammering out a new deal.

deGrom is set to hit free agency following the 2020 season and the 30-year old wants to lock in a new, long-term contract, and isn’t waiting around too long to get it.

According to the New York Post’s Mike Puma, deGrom and his reps have informed team officials he will not negotiate a new deal during the season and have set a deadline to complete a deal by Opening Day.

The clock is ticking.

Per the report, deGrom seeks a contract that would buy out his remaining arbitration year and extend his agreement with the club long term.

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David Wright Joins Mets Front Office

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The New York Mets are making sure franchise icon David Wright stays with the organization now that his playing days are over.

Wright will now serve as a special assistant to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, according to the New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.

Wright is still under contract with the Mets for another two seasons, owed $27 million through the 2020 season.

The Mets are currently working towards a buyout with Wright so that he won’t count on the 40 man roster.

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Mets Sign Wilson Ramos

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The New York Mets have officially announced the signing of Wilson Ramos, who will be formally introduced during a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Ramos will make $19 million in guaranteed money, and includes a $10 million club option with a $1.5 million buyout for 2021, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

Additionally, Ramos can earn an additional $500K if he is able to make 100 starts at catcher in any given season.

The addition of Ramos will pull the Mets out of the running for Miami Marlins backstop J.T. Realmuto, who is currently being shopped on the trade market.

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