Brian Butterfield leaves Blue Jays for Red Sox, but still a candidate to manage Blue Jays

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Yesterday third base coach Brian Butterfield left the Blue Jays to take the same job on John Farrell’s new staff in Boston, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Butterfield could wind up right back in Toronto as manager.

Bradford spoke to an unnamed source who told him that Butterfield remains a candidate in the Blue Jays’ search to replace Farrell and Farrell himself basically confirmed that by replying “yes, it’s a rare opportunity and we would certainly not block that” when asked about the situation.

You know, because the whole Farrell/Red Sox/Blue Jays thing needed a little more drama involved.

Farrell also brought Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo with him to Boston as bench coach. Butterfield had been with the Blue Jays since 2002.

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.