Rockies GM expects Ian Stewart to remain in Colorado

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The Rockies tried to shop Ian Stewart at this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at one point exchanging trade proposals with the Cubs.

But it sounds like the Colorado front office is now content with retaining the 26-year-old.

According to FOX Sports’ Tracy Ringolsby, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd said Wednesday that he expects Stewart to be on the roster for 2012.

Stewart, a third baseman, posted a highly disappointing .156/.243/.221 batting line with zero home runs and just six RBI in 136 plate appearances this past year for the Rockies. But he has a .913 career OPS at the Triple-A level and slugged 25 home runs as a major leaguer in 2009. The Rox will continue to hope that he can finally reach his full potential.

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.