Jose Mijares elects free agency

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From beat writer Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants outrighted Jose Mijares off their 40-man roster on Tuesday evening and that the veteran left-handed reliever then elected to become a free agent.

Mijares was a non-tender candidate this winter in San Francisco after posting a brutal 4.22 ERA and 1.78 WHIP across 49 innings in 2013 while earning a salary of $1.8 million. He was entering his third year of salary arbitration and would have been given a raise despite his summer of lackluster results.

Mijares owns a 3.23 career ERA (124 career ERA+) and has held left-handed batters to a .225/.288/.335 slash line since breaking into the majors in 2008, so he should attract interest from multiple teams.

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.