Despite monster debut, J.P. Arencibia sent back to minors

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J.P. Arencibia had one of the best debuts in baseball history on August 7, going 4-for-5 with two homers after being called up from Triple-A to replace the injured John Buck.
Arencibia is one of the best catching prospects in baseball and the 24-year-old former first-round pick is definitely Toronto’s catcher of the future, but with Buck returning from the disabled list the Blue Jays optioned him back to Triple-A last night.
Since his monster debut Arencibia went just 1-for-15 while starting only four times in 10 games, so clearly the Blue Jays were never planning to simply hand him the job.
Instead he’ll head back to the minors until returning to Toronto when rosters expand on September 1 and then likely take over behind the plate for good when Buck departs as a free agent this offseason.

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.