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.''
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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.