On the heels of a fantastic 2013 campaign, Braves starter Mike Minor has earned a pay raise of nearly $3.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility as a super-two player. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the two sides avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.85 million deal. Minor took home $505,000 last season.
A “super two” player is a player who has between two and three years of service time, racks up at least 86 days of service in the preceding season, and ranks in the top 22 percent in total service in the class of potential “super two” players.
Minor posted a 3.21 ERA in 204 2/3 innings with 181 strikeouts and 44 unintentional walks in 2013. With the strong effort, he cemented himself a spot as the #2 pitcher in the rotation behind Kris Medlen.
Minor was one of 11 Braves eligible for arbitration. The team has dealt with most of them, but still has Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, and Jason Heyward oustanding.
Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow hit a two-run home run during Tuesday afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. It’s his first spring training home run since beginning his professional baseball career in late 2016.
Tebow, 32, is, of course, a former college football legend. He had a much-anticipated NFL career that ended up brief and disappointing, prompting a change of vocation. Tebow was passable with Double-A Binghamton in 2018, but the Mets promoted him to Triple-A for the 2019 season anyway. That was a mistake. Through 264 plate appearances, Tebow hit .163/.240/.255, ranking as the worst hitter in the minor leagues.
Tebow also walked along with the homer in three plate appearances on Tuesday. While it’s a solid early showing, Tebow participating with the other big leaguers or soon-to-be big leaguers in spring training is something of a sideshow. If he were a regular ballplayer working his way up the ranks, he likely would have been cut after last season. He certainly wouldn’t have been given an invitation to big league camp the next year.
There are aspects of the Tebow situation to respect: that he’s athletic and dedicated enough to attempt a professional career in another sport, for example. He moves tickets and merchandise. But one can’t help but wonder about the roster spot he’s holding that would otherwise go to a more deserving player.