Brian Cashman’s comments about Derek Jeter moving to the outfield one day caused a mini-uproar yesterday (and a fun mini-research project). Late yesterday, however, he told Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger that people need to chill. Well, not in so many words, but that’s clearly what he meant:
Later, Cashman said he was dealing merely in hypotheticals.
“I don’t have to deal with that because it’s not something we have to deal with,” Cashman told The Star-Ledger in a telephone interview. “We’ll deal with that if he loses something and forces us to deal with that. That’s not where we’re at.”
Cashman called the exchange a “baseball conversation, not a declaration, not an announcement, nothing of that nature.”
Well, there goes my analysis of Jeter as a third baseman, second baseman, catcher, bench coach, color commentator and beer guy that I was going to write up today. Darn.
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.