Report: Tim Tebow offered contract with Venezuelan Winter League team

AP

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is working out for supposedly more than 20 Major League Baseball teams on Tuesday in an attempt to become a professional baseball player.

Regardless of the outcome of that showcase, Tebow already has a professional baseball contract offer.

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Tebow has been extended a contract by Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan winter-ball league.

“He’s a great talent,” Aguilas general manager Luis Amaro said. “He’s an athlete. He’s won the Heisman. He’s won two national championships. I know baseball is a hard game, but he’ll either adjust and show he’s ready to play pro ball or not. I think it’s low risk, high reward for Zulia.”

Winter ball provides a decent level of competition should Tebow accept the offer to join Aguilas del Zulia. Many young MLB players and players recovering from injuries head to Venezuela to play in the league to continue their development or get live game action to supplement the rehab process.

It would be a decent chance for Tebow to get a start should MLB teams initially pass on offering him a minor league deal.

It’s a long shot for Tebow, but he’s at least getting interest and a chance to chase a career change.