Tim Tebow will return to the Mets in 2018, though a September call-up is uncertain

Early next week, the 2017 minor-league regular season will come to an end, which means Tim Tebow's first year as a full-time baseball player with the Mets is nearly complete.

Tebow, who turned 30 in August, is currently hitting .222/.306/.344 with 23 doubles and eight home runs in 123 games split between two Class A levels. Considering he hadn't play baseball regularly since high school a decade ago, that is pretty impressive.

What's next for Tebow now that his season is nearly over? He's not sure, exactly, though he told the Associated Press he intends to return to the Mets and continue playing next season. Here's what he said:

"(The next step is) still something we're figuring out, but for me it'll be a lot of training," he said Thursday. "For me it'll be about working on training and building the muscle-memory where I can do it for two, five, seven days and continue to build a couple of weeks at a time."

So, nothing definitive yet on whether the 30-year-old Tebow could get a September callup to the out-of-contention New York Mets.

Tebow said this season has included "a lot of ups and downs, a lot of learning moments," and hey, that's true for all of us.

Maybe I'm just a cynic, but I think the chances of Tebow getting a September call-up are pretty good. The Mets are out of the race and they have two regular outfielders on the disabled list (Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes), so roster space and a lineup spot are available. 

If the Mets were to bring Tebow up for their final homestand, they'd get a nice little late season attendance and merchandise sales boost. This is the entertainment business, and Tebow generates an awful lot of buzz, whether you like it or not. With the Mets out of the race, there's nothing to lose and lots to gain.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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