Oklahoma State left-hander Andrew Heaney is one of six unsigned first-round picks with less than 30 hours to go until tomorrow’s deadline, and Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Marlins have told the No. 9 overall selection they won’t be signing him.
According to Callis the Marlins have yet to offer anywhere close to the recommended $2.8 million bonus for that slot, but he adds that they’re “known for hardline negotiating” and “I can’t really see them walking away from the No. 9 overall pick.”
Of course, if they don’t sign Heaney the Marlins would get the No. 10 overall pick in next year’s draft as compensation, which would make walking away a little easier. They have until 5:00 p.m. eastern time tomorrow to figure it out.
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.