A Diamondbacks minor leaguer was released for suspected theft

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And the Ruben Rivera Award goes to . . . Dbacks’ minor league pitcher Anderson Placido!

The Diamondbacks released a minor-league pitcher after he was accused of stealing from a teammate, according to a published report . . . Hillsboro Hops manager J.R. House believes Placido sneaked into the clubhouse during a game to take the items, according to a story on OregonLive.com.

The other minor leaguers are all broke anyway, man. Go do the respectable thing and rob a bank or something. Gosh.

Rivera is still the all-time champ here. For those who don’t recall:

Early in 2002, the Yankees signed him as a free agent, but released him during spring training after Rivera took teammate Derek Jeter’s glove and bat, and then sold them to a sports memorabilia dealer, reportedly for $2,500.

That’s moxie, my friends. Forward-thinking. If he had gotten away with it, Rivera’s haul would have appreciated nicely by now. What’s this Placido guy doing? Going after a low-A level player’s iPhone? Release the guy for lack of vision just as much as the theft.

Mets invite Tim Tebow to big league spring training camp

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The Mets announced that a handful of minor leaguers have been invited to big league spring training camp. Among them is former football star and current outfielder Tim Tebow.

Tebow, 31, spent last season with Double-A Binghamton. His season ended in July due to a broken hamate bone. Overall, he hit .273/.336/.399 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 298 plate appearances. While the numbers aren’t anything earth-shattering, they are certainly better than what many skeptics thought he could put up in the minors, especially at Double-A.

Tebow will likely begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse. If he performs well, he could get a call up to the big leagues in the event of an injury, or in September when rosters expand.