It’s now been one week since Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote that Kyle Lohse “is almost certain to sign with a team soon” and he remains unsigned.
MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported yesterday that the Rangers “have not changed their position on their lack of interest” in Lohse and the Yankees still aren’t in the mix either, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post writing that general manager Brian Cashman “reiterated yesterday he has no interest.”
Cashman was asked about Lohse because Phil Hughes is out for at least two weeks with a bulging disk in his back. Lohse is the last of the unsigned free agents with draft pick compensation attached and agent Scott Boras got bigger-than-expected deals for Rafael Soriano and Michael Bourn, but more or less the only reports about Lohse all offseason have involved teams saying they aren’t interested.
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.