The New York Mets are in the heat of a Wild Card race, but on Thursday they decided to add a former football player to their minor league system.

FOX's Chris Hoenig explains:

Tim Tebow is a professional baseball player. The Heisman Trophy winner signing a minor league contract with the New York Mets Thursday. The quarterback-turned-outfielder set to compete in the team's instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida, starting on the 18th.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson insisting this was not a PR move:

(Alderson) "This decision was strictly driven by baseball. This was not something that was driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort."

For his part, Tebow says he's ready for the challenge:

(Tebow) "I know that it's not one that will be necessarily easy, I know it's a tough game, but I'm looking forward to putting in the work. And I just felt like this was the best fit."

The 29-year-old last played baseball full-time in 2005, as a junior in high school. He made all-state that year, hitting .494 as he helped Nease High reach the semifinals in the Florida state playoffs.

Now, Tebow will bank a $100,000 signing bonus.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News.

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