GM Alderson says Tebow signing not about T-shirt revenue

ATLANTA (AP) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says the team's decision to sign Tim Tebow is not a gimmick to sell merchandise.

The 29-year-old Tebow, whose NFL career as a quarterback ended four years ago, agreed Thursday to a minor league contract that includes a $100,000 signing bonus.

Alderson said before New York's game at Atlanta on Friday that it wouldn't be practical to make such a big commitment to Tebow ''so we can sell a couple hundred dollars' worth of T-shirts in Kingsport.''

Alderson said ''this was about baseball.''

The Mets have a rookie league team in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Tebow will report Sept. 18 to the Instructional League in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

AP freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.