As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Indians have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Ross Detwiler. He can earn $1 million if he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training and remains on it throughout 2016.
Detwiler posted a brutal 7.25 ERA in 58 1/3 innings this past season between the Rangers and Braves, but he had a very successful seven-year run with the Nationals from 2007-2014, working both as a starter and reliever.
Cleveland will probably use the 29-year-old as a kind of swingman, assuming he can put his 2015 troubles behind him. They were not health-related troubles.
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.