Tebow will be at Mets’ spring training for 4th straight year

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Syracuse Mets' Tim Tebow speaks with reporters prior to a minor league game Thursday in Syracuse, N.Y. The former Heisman Trophy-winner and NFL quarterback is struggling with the Syracuse Mets but has begun to come alive at the plate with hits in five of the last six games. (AP Photo/John Kekis)

NEW YORK — Tim Tebow will be at spring training with the New York Mets for the fourth straight year.

The Mets said Thursday the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Florida will report to major league training camp next month in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The 32-year-old outfielder hit .163 in 77 games last season at Triple-A Syracuse in his second straight injury-shortened season. He did not play after July 21 because he cut his left hand while fielding a ball in the outfield.

Tebow hit .273 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 36 RBIs in 84 games for Double-A Binghamton in 2018, when his season ended July 18 because of a broken bone in his right hand.

After a three-year stint at quarterback in the NFL, he joined the Mets organization in late 2016. He hit .148 (4 for 27) with no extra-base hits and eight strikeouts during spring training in 2017; .056 (1 for 18) in 2018 and .267 (4 for 15) with no extra-base hits last year.

New York also agreed to minor league contracts with right-handers Pedro Payano, Francisco Ríos and Adonis Uceta; catcher David Rodríguez; infielder Jake Hager; and outfielders Ryan Cordell and Johneshwy Fargas. All seven will report to major league spring training.

Tebow was among eight internal invites to big league camp, a group that also includes 24-year-old left-hander David Peterson, the 20th overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft.