Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

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Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday.
McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is on the way out. McLeod is the ex-husband of Moores’ daughter, Jennifer. He’ll be named an assistant GM, and he’s expected to take over duties that had belonged to the recently dismissed Grady Fuson.
It’s a big loss for the Red Sox. McLeod was a leading figure in the drafts that produced Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz. Boston, though, could have been hit harder. Hoyer was turned down last month when he attempted to bring in Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.